[CT Birds] I'm 95% sure it was a large Owl

Frank Mantlik mantlik at sbcglobal.net
Mon Apr 30 17:45:20 EDT 2012


Paul,
Given the season, and the behavior, I would guess a migrating Short-eared Owl 
would be the most likely.

Frank Mantlik
Stratford



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From: Carrier Graphics <carriergraphics at sbcglobal.net>
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Sent: Mon, April 30, 2012 5:29:11 PM
Subject: [CT Birds] I'm 95% sure it was a large Owl

Today while working outside in the garden, I would occasionally look up for any 
migrating hawks.
I had the regular res Red-tails and Shoulders and separately 2 migrating
Broadwings and Sharpies. 

At 5:10 - as the clouds thickened I noticed a silhouetted bird high up going due 

East
as the others did. BUT - without nocks, this bird was not a Hawk but an OWL!
Could not get anything on it but the characteristic big blunt head and Owl moth 
like flight.

I'm 95% sure it was a large Owl, but what specie of Owl flies in late daylight 
high up,
at this time of year and it sure seemed it was a migrant to me. Any idea what 
this owl could have been?
I'm stumped! 

Paul Carrier - Harwinton
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