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Snowy Owl

Posted on Jan 18, 2016

Welcome to winter! It took a while, but we are really feeling it now, with more to come this January as we look at long-range weather models. Here are a few more upland photos of the Snowy Owl that I enjoyed last Friday on a much warmer day without any snow.

Snowy Owl Stratford Point January 15 2016-5002

Snowy Owl Stratford Point January 15 2016-4991

Snowy Owl Stratford Point January 15 2016-4965

As we get deeper into the season we will inevitably see a few more winter birds…additional Rough-legged Hawks? Perhaps finally some of those record-setting Common Redpolls that were pouring south in Canada during autumn? It seems to be a down season for irruptive passerines, but I have to think we will at least have more backyard birds showing up at feeders now with food sources covered in snow or ice and temperatures staying chilly. The question is…can you identify all of your visitors? Please share any photos you have of yourself or your kids enjoying a Peterson Field Guide wherever you are birding this week, and good luck!

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation & Outreach Coordinator