Will Anderson, Brian Genge, Ben Sampson, Luke Pheneger
Species, Date, Time and Location Information
2/20/2022 3:55:00 PM
2/20/2022 5:35:00 PM
Duration (total time in view):
Pawnee National Grasslands (western section)
Open grassland prairie with farm fencing. Rolling hills.
Vortex Razor HD scope (27-60 x 85), Vortex Razor HD Binocular 10x42, Canon 90D w/ 100-400mm lens
Filtered to bright sun eventually setting
Description of the Bird
Found by Lorraine Lanning earlier on 2/20/2022. Refound by Will Anderson just before I arrived. It was perched on a wooden fencepost about 1/4 mile away when I arrived, but flew farther away just as I was getting my scope out of the car. It spent the rest of the time sitting on another wooden fencepost about 1/2 mile away. Occasionally preening. Stretched its neck out a couple of times. Also stared intently at possible movement to its right a couple of times.
Large white owl with dense black bars all over except a completely white face and black dots on the crown.
https://ebird.org/checklist/S103303222 eBird report:
Similar Species Discussion
The only other species I considered was a very pale Ferruginous Hawk, but the extensive barring all over and the completely white rounder face eliminated that. Also this was a much bulkier bird.
Knowledge of the bird through general research and the Sibley's bird app.
No experience with seeing this species before, but I've researched it extensively on the off-chance of seeing one. I've seen lots of other large birds of prey (Eagles, Hawks, Accipiters, large Owls, etc.)
Date Documentation Submitted
3/21/2022 12:12:00 PM
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