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January 29, 2009


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Deborah, if you're seeing this owl year-round, it's probably a Barn Owl you've been seeing. Another clue is that it enters a dorm, as you mentioned.
Here's info on the Barn Owl from Cornell Lab:

Deborah Gottobed

A snowy owl lives at Greene correctional facility in Coxsackie NY. I work over nights and see it coming in usually early hours around 5am. It is a prison so no photos are available. I asked around and one of the sergeants told me he lives in one of the dorms. It's an amazing animal with a large wing span. I've seen it twice this month and once last winter. Off subject but there is also a white skunk that lives there


I have spotted a snowy owl near canton, on the Upland trail at Indian creek yesterday around 2pm. I was amazed to see it as I didn't expect there to be snow owls in N.Y. then I checked out this site and to my surprise there have been sitings in and around N.Y. state

The Zen Birdfeeder

Lana - Good news about your Bald Eagle. Have fun following it this year!
Don - you're welcome and thanks for the tip. I've heard that before.


Thanks for the mention. The one thing to remember is be very careful, the traffic on Rte 197 and Cty Rte 42 can be crazy and there are not to many places to pull off.


I'm sorry to hear about the NY snowy owl. That kind of news is always sad.
I recently learned that a pair of bald eagles have made a nest at one of my regular hiking/photography areas. Gonna have to get down there for a look, for sure! This is the 1st bald eagle nest in the area since Hurricane Katrina (3.5 yrs ago!)

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