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Birds of Cape Ann and the Magic of the Snowy Owl

765px-Bubo_scandiacus_Delta_6During this season of the great Snowy Owl irruption of 2013, owlets were recently identified as far south as Florida and as far west as Bermuda!

425px-Snowy_Owl_-_Schnee-EuleA mature adult male may be completely white; the females and owlets have the contrasting dark dots and dashes.

Typically, the Snowy Owls that we see in our region during the winter months are not mature adults. The fledged owlets have yet to fully develop the skills needed to hunt in the Arctic tundra where food is in short supply during the winter months. The immatures migrate south in search of more plentifully available food in warmer hunting grounds. Not all Snowy Owlets migrate south, and some even migrate further north, heading for patches of open water to feed on fish.

The above though does not explain why there are so many Snowy Owls this year. One reason scientists speculate is that the Snowy Owl is having an irruptive year because it was so warm in the Arctic this past summer. There may have been an explosion in the Arctic lemming population, which would lead to a strong rate of survival amongst Snowy Owlets.

A recent controversy involving the slaughtering of Snowy Owls by The New York Port Authority was solved by adopting Boston’s Logan Airport model of capturing and relocating the Snowies. Why are Snowy Owls so interested in airports when they really prefer open areas such as sand dunes, marshes, native grasslands, jetties, and undisturbed beaches? Habitat destruction. As native grasslands have given way to development, in some regions, the only remaining open habitats are found at airports.

Snowy Owl With American Black DuckSnowy Owl  (Bubo scandiacus)

To learn more about the Magic of the Snowy Owl see this beautiful film from the PBS Nature series: Magic of the Snowy Owl

All images courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

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See more: Video shot in December, 2013, of a Snowy Owl encounter with a  pair of Peregrine Falcons.

20140119_100243-1Toby Pett photo of a Snowy Owl on the rail at the Blyman Bridge

Rubber Duck Multitasking Polar Dive Preparation

My new swimsuit arrived today from Coastal Dog Apparel in plenty of time for the New Year’s Polar Plunge. These thing are pretty snazzy and might be just the thing for a cold dip. Comfy and loose outer swimsuit with an inner swimsuit that is form fitting. Keeping those kibbles and bits all snug is key when diving into 42° F ice water.

The tourists and the snowy owls all flew away. I wonder why?

The tourists and the snowy owls all flew away. I wonder why?

To prepare for the chill the Rubber Duck went off to Stage Fort Park to check out the snowy owls.

This is a photo of a sexy potato which has nothing whatsoever to do with this post.

This is a photo of a sexy potato which has nothing whatsoever to do with this post.

For Peggy at Pop Gallery

snowy owl

While walking this morning at Stage Fort Park with Elynn Kroger, we encountered this beautiful snowy owl.  A little later, I ran into Peggy Russell from Pop Gallery, who also had seen him, but hadn’t been able to get a shot of him.  This is for you Peggy.  Merry Christmas.  What a special treat on Christmas morning.

Of course it never fails that I encounter something magical when I carry my chumpy little pocket camera.  I wish I’d brought the nice one Paul Frontiero gave me, as I had originally intended.  Lesson.  Never second-guess your first impulse.

E.J. Lefavour

Snowy Owl Photo Taken In Morning- Dead By Afternoon

Christine Morey submits-

Good afternoon Joey –

I took this photo yesterday in Rockport – Magnificent creature!

By this morning, he had died in the same place – just tragic! 

The Animal Control Officer who came to collect him said often owls ingest rodents that have

been poisoned – please ask your readers to re-think using poison-

Thank you!

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FlashBack GMG Snowy Owl Photos 12/17/2008

FlashBack 2008 GMG Snowy Owl Photos

These were my first photos ever published on the GMG Website on 12/17/2008. I would go down to the State Fish every morning before work to watch the lights of the boats leaving the Harbor.

This one morning in 2008 I saw this Bird which I thought was a seagull with no beak. sitting on a sign post. When I got closer I saw that it was really a Snowy Owl. I rushed home and got my camera thinking it would probably be gone by the time i got back. Luckily it was still there.

I’ve had a recent close encounter with an Owl in my Yard this past Thursday night which I shared with a few special people in my life. It made me think back to this post. When I checked the date that Joey put them up it was 3 years ago today. Kind of Ironic!

All these events i feel have changed my life.

Here is one meaning of seeing an Owl;

In ancient Egyptian, Celtic, and Hindu cultures the symbolic meaning of owl revolved around guardianship of the underworlds, and a protection of the dead.

In this light the owl was ruler of the night and seer of souls. A misunderstanding of this necessary relationship gave the owl some negative associations with death.

It should be clear that the owl was honored as the keeper of spirits who had passed from one plane to another. Often myth indicates the owl accompanying a spirit to the underworld – winging it’s newly freed soul from the physical world into the realm of spirit.

Here are those 12/17/2008 posts;

http://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2008/12/17/paul-frontieros-snowy-owl-pic/

 http://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2008/12/17/paul-frontieros-snowy-owl-pic-2/

Paul Frontiero’s Snowy Owl Pic

Paul forwarded a couple pictures of this snowy owl that has been hanging around on the State Fish Pier.  Mark Ring had told me about it last week and said that it was probably responsible for the many dead seagulls around town.  He says they swoop in and rip out their guts and then leave the rest of the gull behind (I guess there’s not much fun in eating feathers)

Thanks for the pics Paul!