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!
This 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.