Sat 7 Dec 2013
I just received an eBird update. It included a report of a Snowy Owl in northeastern Winnebago County. Specifically, the bird was at the eastern end of Swanson Road, north of Rock Cut SP, at 0730. The reporter said that crows drove the bird away and it flew “to the northeast.”
There is also a Snowy Owl (looked like an immature male) east of Genoa, Dekalb County, on the north side of Derby Line Road, about 1.5 miles east of Hayes Road. There is a subdivision on the south side of the road. The bird was perched on the crest of a hill in the corn field about 1000 feet off of the road.
There are many other Snowy Owl reports from across north and central IL, and a few from southern IL.