Snowy days

Snowy owls, beautiful white raptors with bright yellow eyes and feathered legs and feet, have arrived on the RI coast in considerable numbers this winter. I will not bore you with the details of why they’re here, but I did write a rather long feature on this, which you can read here if you are so inclined.

We went owling recently and found not one but two!

This one was resting on a post. The hatch year birds are heavily marked with brown.


When we drove back out, we saw a cluster of cars and people standing around, looking up. That could only mean one thing: another snowy!

DSCN1024DSCN1018This one was perched high on a roof. It was hard to get a decent shot of it. Still awesome, though, that they’ve come all the way down from the Canadian Arctic, and that we have a chance to see them here.

All photos were taken from a considerable distance. These birds are exhausted and often starving, so we have to give them lots of space and not flush them from their perches.

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6 Responses to Snowy days

  1. CJ Wright says:

    How exciting! You live in such an interesting place, dn.

    • dirtynailz says:

      It can be. There’s often something interesting going on on the coast. The owls are unusually cool, though.

  2. That is exciting! I’ve only seen owls in zoos, so this is an incredible experience!

    • dirtynailz says:

      Seeing an animal or bird in the wild is always a treat for me, because I have to be at the right place at the right time and be sufficiently aware to spot them.I got very lucky this time!

  3. Lee May says:

    I hope those beautiful birds are on their way down to Georgia where it’s *only* in the 20s.

    • dirtynailz says:

      If one could make it to Bermuda, I’m sure they could get to Georgia. It sounds positively tropical right about now.

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