I reached the intersection of Gottfredson and Vreeland Rds. just a bit after 4 pm and found the place quiet. Wind-driven snow swept across the fields and left small drifts on either side of the road. It would be an hour to an hour thirty before any owls would appear, so I decided to drive around and look for birds. A pair of Red-tails were spotted overhead near Vreeland and Harris, but were too far for any real decent images. American Tree Sparrows made scattered appearances in the ditches on either side of the road.
As I processed images at home I couldn't help but scan through the flock of birds trying to locate the Longspurs, which appear all-brown in flight, with no real white wing or body markings. Can you pick them out of the images?
The Short-eared Owls would never appear. Neither would any Northern Harriers. The winds never died, and I believe the that the energy expenditure would've been too great. I wasn't too disappointed, though, since I had such a good time watching one of my favorite winter birds.