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.

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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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About dirtynailz

Writer for a daily newspaper, gardener, tree hugger, orchid-grower, photographer, animal lover, hiker, wilderness seeker. Proponent of clover in the lawn and a dog on the bed.
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6 Responses to Snowy days

  1. CJ Wright says:

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

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

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    • 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!

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  3. Lee May says:

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

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