Close encounters of the Snowy Kind (LOL)

February 17, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Being from the Northeast, we have Snowy Owls in our area during the winter consistently for the last 5 years or so. Their numbers aren’t massive like the last eruption, but we have a consistent small migration of them in our area, you can find them if you know where to look. They are beautiful birds, a marvel of migration really, they travel from the Tundra of Canada down to our area for the winter months and back during spring to their breeding grounds. The strongest and best Snowy owls do not leave during the winter months, that is amazing if you think about it, the brutal cold, hunting by sound and not sight because of the deep snow. The males when mature are virtually all white, while mature females have black barring on their backs and wings. What really grabs your attention is the eyes they jump out and mesmerize you, they just grab your attention. If approached right, you can spend in some cases hours with them. My favorite time to see them is sunrise, foot traffic is low their eyes are wide open and they except you being there with them. It’s sad to see people charging up to them and flushing them time after time. As the sunrises higher in the sky their eyes start to close down to a squint they may look closed but if there is any movement around the area they are in, you will instantly see their head turn to the area they see movement in.



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