Will Yandik suspects that it was a misidentified Barred Owl based on the original email.
From: Timothy O'Connor [mailto:omoo3@...
Sent: Monday, December 08, 2014 12:10 PM
To: Drew Hopkins; Chris Franks; Bill Cook
Subject: Great Gray Owl Not Found
Whether or not the owl is somewhere in the wider vicinity, this alleged observation was very carelessly mapped.
A difficult site to get to, for hours I searched in vain for human tracks in the old, crunchy snow.
No one's walked anywhere near the spot marked on the Google map.
Perhaps it was a hoax, like the recent claim of Spruce Grouse in the Helderbergs.