Documentation of Snowy Owl

Observer Information

Reporter:  Adrian Lakin  18589 Wagon Trl.,   Mead, CO  80542
Other Observers:  Will Anderson, Brian Genge, Ben Sampson, Luke Pheneger

Species, Date, Time and Location Information

Species:  Snowy Owl
First Date/Time:  2/20/2022 3:55:00 PM
Last Date/Time:  2/20/2022 5:35:00 PM
Duration (total time in view):  95 minutes
County:  Weld
Specific Location:  Pawnee National Grasslands (western section)
Number:  1
Age:  Immature
Sex:  Female
Plumage:  Non-breeding


Open grassland prairie with farm fencing. Rolling hills.

Viewing Conditions

Optics:  Vortex Razor HD scope (27-60 x 85), Vortex Razor HD Binocular 10x42, Canon 90D w/ 100-400mm lens
Distance:  1/2 mile
Light:  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. 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.

Resources Used

Knowledge of the bird through general research and the Sibley's bird app.

Previous Experience

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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