We’re continuing to add new tagged owls in new areas, and one of the latest is Ramsey, an immature male banded and tagged last weekend by Frank Nicoletti and David Alexander near the town of the same name, northwest of the Twin Cities.
This is our first tagged snowy in Minnesota, which lies at is the western end of the irruption zone this winter. Ramsey weighed 1,701g, a good weight for a male, and was in great shape overall.
His transmitter checked in last evening for the first time, and we have an interactive map of his movements posted (click on MAPS for the drop-down menu). Although he’s just a short distance from the Mississippi River, he’s spending most of his time in what’s known as the COR — a mix of residential, commercial and park lands that the city of Ramsey has been developing, including the Draw, a park where Ramsey spent the day Jan. 26.
At the moment, much of the COR area is undeveloped, which means it’s great for an open-country bird like a snowy owl. But he’s also hunting near some busy roads, like State Route 10, so we hope he’s careful. He’s been more active in daytime than some of our owls, but so has Freedom over in Wisconsin — that may be a reflection of snowy, cloudy days lately.