and LaSalle Counties, IL
8 February 2009
John Purcell and I tracked
down the four Snowy Owls that had been previously located in northern
The first owl was just
north of the DeKalb/LaSalle county line , east of Rte. 23. We located
it by spotting Darrell Shambaugh in his car by the side of the road.
When we pulled up Darrell said, "Are you looking for the Snowy
Owl? It's up there." He pointed to the top of the house across
the street from him.
The second owl was in
LaSalle County, southeast of Starved Rock State Park. We passed
through the area where it had been seen (basically along E 1125
near N 2300) and didn't see it, but when we passed through a second
time the bird had taken up a perch atop a red barn.
Here is a closer
view of this owl.
The other two Snowies
were in the fields south of the Exelon power plant on the east
side of LaSalle County. The first of these was resting right
between the rails of the unused north/south railroad tracks
between N 19th and N 18th, just east of E 26th.
While we were looking
at this owl, some folks from Morris, IL drove up and told us
of the other owl, which was visible (though distantly) from
where we were standing. This fourth owl was on the west side
of E 26th about 0.4 miles south of N 19th, which is where we
got a closer look. In the first image below you can see the
tall base of one of the wind turbines that now populate the
Here's this same
owl, perched on the same post.
page was last updated on 9 February 2009.
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