It’s World Sparrow Day soon! Please everyone, let’s just be reasonable about snowy owls? Maybe? Latest Project Snowstorm update. Swarovski Optik contest for SLC binoculars. Have a good campfire story? Endangered kakapo accidentally crushes her egg but wildlife rehabbers fix it with tape and glue. Photographer Jim Neiger pleads guilty to harassing endangered snail kites. [...]
When I was a fairly new birder, right after Russ and I moved to Duluth, I went on a winter field trip to look at Snowy Owls and watched a couple get trapped and banded. The bander used a fake mouse tied to the end of a fishing line, which he cast out on the snow. Show More Summary
Attacked? Maybe. Picked up? No way. [ more › ]
Birdwatchers in the Northeastern and Midwestern states have reported a huge increase in sightings of snowy owls: What I found most interesting was the top photo of a snowy owl nest (credit J.F. Therrian). In the center is a clutch of unhatched eggs, and surrounding them are dozens of dead lemmings. More details at Goldenrod Blog and the Washington Post.
In the news: Washington Post endorses Muriel Bowser for mayor, Snowy Owl plays in snow, and more. [ more › ]
Rough-legged Hawk By: Pat Coate Besides the Snowy Owl, we have another Arctic bird of prey wintering in our area – the Rough-legged Hawk. These birds breed in the Arctic and sub-Arctic regions of North America, Europe and Asia. In Europe and Asia they are known as Rough-legged Buzzards. Rough-legged Hawk taking flight Several field […]
Snowy Owl in Flight
After word spread through the snowy owl world that the Nation’s Capital was inhospitable to their sort, what with the slamming into their first visitor by a bus and an SUV, another explorer from the Arctic has chosen to take up residence atop the J.C. Penney store overlooking construction at the mostly demolished Springfield Mall. […]
In the end, the snowy owl was true to its nature. She was cold. She left the city Sunday without saying goodbye. City Wildlife, where the Arctic owl was taken with head trauma and a fractured toe after she was struck by a bus and SUV...Show More Summary
According to D.C.'s only rehabilitation center, the Snowy Owl is now "a specialized raptor care center" they declined to name. [ more › ]
Snowy Owl being harassed by Common Ravens By: Pat Coate I recently sat in my car with the window down observing and photographing a snowy owl perched on its usual utility pole. I heard and saw a lone raven flying from the north, quorking (one of the common raven’s vocalizations) as it flew. The snowy […]
Snowy Owl By: Pat Coate As we all shiveringly know there has been an amazing influx of frigid Arctic air this winter, reluctantly causing us to add the phrase “Polar Vortex” to our vocabulary. But, thankfully, the Arctic region has provided us with more than just frigid temps this winter – it has also provided […]
I’m to the point that I wish all the Snowy Owls in the US this winter would head back north....
Five days after its near-death experience on the city’s mean streets, the District’s famed snowy owl is resting in celebrity fashion, isolated in a room at an animal clinic where the temperature is kept below freezing and the fridge is stocked with plump, tasty white mice. Read full article >>
The Capitol Hill fox is dead, the McPherson Square snowy owl was hit by a bus, but rest assured that the National Zoo's new gray seal pup is doing fine. [ more › ]
How dramatic has this winter’s Snowy Owl irruption been? How about so dramatic that nine birds caught a ride on...
I started February with a search through Hammonasset Park but the fog put a damper on things. There were no Snowy Owls to be found and visibility was poor. I've been trying to get a better sense of what the new Canon can do but birds seem to be avoiding the camera lately. Show More Summary
John Schwartz at the New York Times has a wonderful story up about a strange trend involving snowy owls: They seem to be showing up a whole lot in places very far from their normal habitat within the Arctic Circle.
The Snowy Owl's prognosis is still guarded, but it's "acting more and more like a healthy owl every day." [ more › ]
In which the paper of record links to the website Know Your Meme in an article about snowy owls. What a world! Read more...