Size is difficult to judge when there is not another bird or object of known size to compare to.(especially white birds in the field - the white coloring makes them appear to be bigger then they actually are... Learned from Mr. Hobbs.) Female is larger than the male Snowy.
 
I did the same search as Debra Priest and found the same pages, so I won't repeat (good sites BTW)
This bird has an extensive white bib, white nape (as much as we could see)
and there appeared to be only one faint band on the tail. We thought a male as well when we saw it yesterday, but we viewed it from only one side, thought others may have had different angles to prove differently.    
 
Jim Malone has a few digital photos of bird that aren't too bad for his first try at this. HOPEFULLY he can get them up to a website before Christmas, if not, maybe afterwards (he's still on a learning curve, new toy for Christmas)
 
Thanks all for the info and keeping us all informed of it's whereabouts.
GREAT find!! 
 
Happy holidays to all and many good birds in 2003.
 
Charlene Malone
Chesterfield, MO/St. L co.
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Subject: Snowy Owl near pond

At 10:12 Sunday morning, Dave and Lauren Priest observed the owl. At first it could not be seen from the highway, it was not visible due to the berm.  Lauren walked a brief way to look over the berm, and was within 10 feet of the bird.  The Snowy then flew a brief distance into the field. Perhaps Steve Dinsmore called it a female due to its immense size?
 
 
 

Debra Fortenberry Priest
22 Hamlin Hts. Dr.
Hannibal, MO 63401
Tel: 573-221-3139
Cell: 573-248-9555
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