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#1 Benjamin DeHaven

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Posted 24 November 2013 - 11:35 PM

Is everyone watching the possible irruption year for the Snowy Owls?  I'm here in Baltimore and now have 3 confirmed eBird locations within 3 hours: Assateague Island, outside Philly, outside Harrisonburg, Va.  Super exciting!!!


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Posted 24 November 2013 - 11:38 PM

today i tried to see one that had been reported in RI but unsuccessful 


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#3 Benjamin DeHaven

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Posted 25 November 2013 - 12:42 AM

I'm really leaning towards chasing the Assateague Island owl tomorrow (Monday) and I hope I don't get skunked since it is a 3 hour drive each way...  But there have been some other juicy birds reported within a few miles (like a Common Eider at the Ocean City inlet) that I wouldn't mind picking up.  But the trip would be a costly day trip.  I might have to go cook some food up to try to drive the price down!  


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Posted 25 November 2013 - 01:06 AM

Don't go scaring it... :P  :)


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Posted 25 November 2013 - 01:13 AM

Confirmed 4 Snowies in NJ today.  :D   But once again stories of peoples stupidity have already started coming in. :angry:


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Posted 25 November 2013 - 10:39 AM

I'm really leaning towards chasing the Assateague Island owl tomorrow (Monday) and I hope I don't get skunked since it is a 3 hour drive each way...  But there have been some other juicy birds reported within a few miles (like a Common Eider at the Ocean City inlet) that I wouldn't mind picking up.  But the trip would be a costly day trip.  I might have to go cook some food up to try to drive the price down!  

Food? Come on Benj! Energy bars and coffee and you're good to go. You can eat the next day when you are back home, away from the Snowies! B)


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Posted 25 November 2013 - 12:29 PM

Agreed, creeker :lol:

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Posted 26 November 2013 - 12:41 AM

I got skunked!  The Assateague Island National Seashore Snowy Owl has gone awol and none of the cold birders today could find it.  What a long drive to be stood up.  AND my consolation bird was a Common Eider that has been close up at the Ocean City Inlet for the past few days but it was missing too!  

 

Energy bars and coffee?  Please, way too healthy!  I took some Hamburger Helper with me...  I like to live dangerously!


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Posted 26 November 2013 - 12:48 AM

Oh that's too bad! Did you say anything good?



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Posted 26 November 2013 - 01:49 AM

today i tried to see one that had been reported in RI but unsuccessful 

Bummer. That would have been so marvelous! I hope to see one someday!


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Posted 26 November 2013 - 02:34 AM

Good luck Ben. I haven't heard of the one on Assateague.


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Posted 26 November 2013 - 01:08 PM



Oh that's too bad! Did you say anything good?

 

Bird wise, no.  A very quick glance of a Brown-headed Nuthatch and some Marbled Godwit at medium range were nice, but Snowy Owl or even Common Eider they weren't...

 

Here is what I saw "good":

 

"Ebb and Flow"

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"Pink, Green, and Blue"

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So I can at least not think of the day as a total waste...  ;)


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Posted 26 November 2013 - 01:18 PM

Wow, those are beautiful!! Not a total waste, then! Did you hear about the MacGillivray's warbler near Harrisburg?



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Posted 26 November 2013 - 06:37 PM

There are reports today of a Snowy Owl sighted at Cape Point, NC :)


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Posted 26 November 2013 - 08:34 PM

We've had about 10 Snowy Owls so far of the top of my head.


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Posted 26 November 2013 - 08:39 PM

... :mellow:


Cowboy Bean is coming this way!

He's sharp as needle and bright as a dollar,

Wear No. 3 shoe and a 16 collar.

He's full of vim and he's full of vigor,

fast on the draw, and quick on the trigger.

So all you bandits and thieves take warning

Or you'll be in a hospital bed by morning!

And the doc'll give you kind of a shake,

And he'll hear the rattle that the bullets make,

And he'll shake his head and he'll say "oh my"

I can't cure this and I ain't gunna try!

Yipp-I-day!

For Two-Gun-Freddy has plugged this guy!

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted 26 November 2013 - 08:56 PM

There are reports today of a Snowy Owl sighted at Cape Point, NC :)

I'm gonna be on the Outer Banks this weekend for a Carolina Bird Club field trip. Might go for it if it sticks around.


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Posted 26 November 2013 - 09:08 PM

We've had about 10 Snowy Owls so far of the top of my head.

 

One at a time I'm guessing? They wouldn't fit all at once, unless you have a really big head.  :P



#19 Benjamin DeHaven

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Posted 27 November 2013 - 12:41 PM

One at a time I'm guessing? They wouldn't fit all at once, unless you have a really big head.  :P

Snowy Owls are known for their patience and polite line forming (or queueing for our friends on the east side of the pond)...


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Posted 27 November 2013 - 08:37 PM

Just got a report that there is one on an osprey platform near the north east corner of wildlife drive in EBF (Brig) refuge. just within the last two hours, if it lingers I can chase tomorrow while the turkey roasts






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