A Snowy Owl Sighting

A rare and thrilling opportunity to see an immature, female Snowy Owl hit the local area ‘bird’ news March 8th, sighted near Grasonville at Kent Narrows waterway channel in the Chesapeake Bay region.

Home is far north of the Artic Circle where Snowy Owls spend their summers hunting the vast, open tundra for lemmings, ptarmigan, and other prey in 24-hour daylight.  Generally, Snowy Owls migrate in winter to southern Canada and the northern half of the United States.

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Snowy Owl (immature female)

 

This Snowy Owl has been leisurely sitting and sleeping atop the waterfront seafood restaurants’ roofs as well as townhouse rooftops across the creek at different times of the day.

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Snowy Owl (immature female) looking towards a noise she heard

 

Her sighting was an hour away for me.  My travels yesterday put me about 20 minutes of the vicinity so I gave it a shot to see if I could spot this rare beauty.  I easily found her, napping.  The lighting was hazy sunny and she hardly moved for the ten minutes I watched her.

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“Sleeping Snowy”

 

No, she’s not sitting on a sandy beach or atop a dune or snow drift like so many others’ beautiful captures shared.

But I am still elated to have gotten so close with a Snowy Owl.  It was one of those lifetime birding experiences.

 

 

44 thoughts on “A Snowy Owl Sighting

  1. Donna, these are wonderful, and I’m so glad you spotted her. I went over again today and drove all around the restaurants, Oyster Cove, Lippincott Marine, etc, and no luck. I guess we each got our lucky day, although the lighting for your shots was better than last Saturday. Like with mine, I see that she didn’t move much for you….which is a good thing in that you weren’t disturbing her Congratulations!

    • Thank you, Susan! We did have our lucky days! She was on a townhouse in OC in my shots. I thought about going over again yesterday since we finally had clear sunny skies, but didn’t have time. Sorry you didn’t see her again! I am heading through Kent Island to Baltimore shortly to visit grandboys overnight, no time this morning, but I’ll twist Rick’s arm to swing through tomorrow afternoon on our way home. 🙂

  2. Its wonderful to see a neighbourhood photo of a Snowy Owl and not some “perfect” landscape shot. Its nice to see that they can make themselves at home in a human habitat – adds an extra dimension to other photos I’ve seen. Being from NZ I depend on photos to learn about them and these have given me a new view!

    • Thank you, Ms Liz! I’m with you. How wonderful it is to see birds adjust to human habitat when not disturbed. Unfortunately, many have to because of their lost natural habitats. This female SO was such thrill! I will admit I was glad the roof and siding was clean and decent, lol.

  3. It is a delight to spot a Snowy. I am a little surprised to see it on top of a roof, but where doesn’t matter if you can get that close. There have been a few sightings around here, but I have not personally seen any.

    • I was very happy to find her so easily. This area she’s visiting is a lot of marshes and water, heavily populated with marinas and waterfront homes. Makes you wonder what she thinks about with all this compared to home.

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