The male Snowy Owl is typically “snow-white.” Chris Fox, Batesville, snapped this picture of the owl in Decatur County and said it is most likely a female.Area birdwatchers are flocking to get a glimpse of a rare visitor to Decatur County.The Snowy Owl, the official bird of the Canadian province of Quebec, was spotted in a field on Frontage Road near the Interstate 74 overpass in Greensburg. The owl has since remained in the field as some residents stop along the roadside to catch a view.The owls breed in the Arctic and typically migrate south in the winter, however, not usually as far south as southeastern Indiana. Snowy Owls differ from others commonly seen in the area. They are much larger, ranging in size from 20 to 28 inches. Their wingspan is between 4-5 feet.Chris Fox, Franklin County Soil and Water Conservation District coordinator and a birdwatcher himself, said he first spotted the bird on Monday Jan. 6. He indicated that it was the first Snowy Owl he has witnessed in the region.“Somebody said it was the first one they’ve seen in Decatur County in 60 years. I haven’t been able to look up the historical records, but definitely not something we normally see in this part of the state,” Fox declared.Most owls sleep during the day and hunt at night, but the Snowy Owl is active during daylight hours. Unlike other owls, the bird is more likely to nest on the ground rather than in a tree. Fox attributes that to the lack of trees in its native tundra environment and the size of the bird.“The nice thing is for birdwatchers, there are one that is fairly easy to see once you find an area its been spending time in,” Fox said.
By Jerry MackeyWEST LIBERTY, Iowa (July 29) – West Liberty Raceway hosted Lil’ Racer Car Club Night Saturday on a near perfect evening for racing.When the final checkered flag of the night waved it was Nick Marolf celebrating his first win of 2017 at his home track. Marolf took the Out-Pace Racing Products IMCA Late Model lead from Dave Wada and went on to rim to an impressive win ahead of Chad Holladay and Ron Boyse.The Performance Concepts IMCA Modifieds put on their usual outstanding racing. When the checkered flag fell on their 20-lap main event it was young Derrick Stewart celebrating his first win of 2017. Stewart had been close on several occasions this season but Saturday night belonged to him. Chris Zogg ran second ahead of Larry Herring.Cody Harris also added his name to the list of first time winners in 2017 with a win in the Weikert Iron & Metal IMCA Northern SportMods. Harris held off the constant challenges by defending track champion Dalton Simonsen in scoring the win.David Brandies won another spirited battle in the Kile Motorsports IMCA Stock Cars. Brandies emerged late in the race to capture the win ahead of Greg Gill and Matt Gilchrist.Alex Hayes scored a hard fought win in the US 6 Bodyworks IMCA Sport Compact Class. Hayes held off defending track champion Jason Klerk de Reus in taking top honors.