3721 Staghorn Dr,
Species, Date, Time and Location Information
11/25/2017 1:35:00 PM
11/25/2017 1:55:00 PM
Duration (total time in view):
light pole along Interstate 76; riparian, urban, and rural habitats nearby
Description of the Bird
I was driving westbound on I-76 when I first saw the Snowy Owl. I exited and stopped for a while, taking some photos. The pale, large, and bulky appearance of this species is distinctive. The dark barring on the undersides and wing coverts, and the dark spots on the forehead, are typical for an immature bird. The bird was resting the entire time I watched it, only occasionally turning its head or opening its eyes. No calls could be heard above the loud traffic noise.
Similar Species Discussion
Great Horned Owl is the expected large, bulky owl at this location, and a leucistic / extremely pale one could look similar to a Snowy Owl. However, the lack of ear tufts on the observed bird eliminates Great Horned Owl.
Sibley Guide to Birds
No prior experience observing this species in person. Familiarity with this species from books and photos. Several years of experience observing other owl species in Colorado.
Notes made DURING observation
Date Documentation Submitted
2/23/2018 6:41:00 PM
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