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Dallas Snowy Owl

February 25, 2012 by staff 

Dallas Snowy Owl, Ever since reports of a rare snowy owl was making appearances in the Dallas-metro area bird enthusiasts are flocking to catch a glimpse at this elusive bird.
The owl was spotted earlier this month in Robertson Park at Lake Ray Hubbard. Dallas police officer David Renfro was one of the lucky ones who saw the bird while he was patrolling Lake Ray Hubbard on Feb. 11.

The reason that this was a profound coincidence for Renfro is that he is also an amateur birdwatcher, and his sighting was reported to be the first of a snowy owl in Texas since the 1950s, as reported by KXAN.

“I tell you what, I’m just totally overwhelmed,” he said. “When I first saw it, I could feel my heart start pumping because I recognized what it was immediately. He’s awesome.”

Renfro sent images of the owl to Jesse Ellis, a researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who studies owl behavior.

Ellis confirmed the sighting and alerted eBird, an online checklist provided by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society.

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