Many of us found ourselves out in the frigid weather searching and hunting to get a glimpse of the rare and famed “Snowy Owl”. The winter of 2017-2018 was exceptional with numerous sightings of this huge beautiful owl. Weighing 64 ounces, 23” in length, and having a wingspan of 52”, Snowy’s tower over other owls.
WHOOOOOOOO…has eyes of burning amber that can look right thru you, and leaves an engraved image in your soul.
And, WHOOOOO was adventurous and enjoy birding along Lake Erie during winters harsh conditions. I hope you were able. But if you did not, may you enjoy my pictures with these special beautiful sights. For more of my winter pictures, please search "Wintertime” on this Western Cuyahoga Audubon website.
Many of us found ourselves out in the frigid weather searching and hunting to get a glimpse of the rare and famed “Snowy Owl”.
The winter of 2017 - 2018 was exceptional with numerous sightings of this huge beautiful owl. Weighing 64 ounces and 23" in length, and with a wing span of 52", Snowy’s tower over other owls.
To put this into perspective, here are weights of some of our other owls: Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) 49.6 ounces, Barred Owl (Strix varia) 25.6 ounces, and Eastern Screech Owl (Megascops asio) 6 ounces.
Last summer in the Arctic, the Snowy Owls had a strong breading season. With lemmings, their favorite summer food available in large quantities, the Owls thrived. There are a lot of interesting articles, but here is one I found very in-depth about Snowy Owls research, “Understanding the Nomadic Habits of Snowy Owls”
~ Kathy Murphy, Member, Western Cuyahoga Audubon
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