Snowy Owl Still at Col. Sam: January 31, 2022

 I received this note and fine photos from Heather Pantrey:

Hi Miles. I had a great opportunity to see the Snowy Owl at Col. Sam this afternoon. I welcomed the opportunity to take the photos although it was upsetting that it flew towards me because a man walked across the ice to the dock and flushed it.

Snowy Owl (photo: Heather Pantrey)
Snowy Owl (photo: Heather Pantrey)
Snowy Owl (photo: Heather Pantrey)
Snowy Owl (photo: Heather Pantrey)
Snowy Owl (photo: Heather Pantrey)

Our group also saw the owl this morning but not quite as close:

Snowy Owl
Snowy Owl

Other birds:

Mute Swans
American Black Ducks
Greater Scaup (male)
Mute Swans
Common Goldeneye (male)
Red-breasted Merganser (female)
Herring Gull (juvenile)
Red-breasted Merganser (female)
Mallard (female)
Common Goldeneye (female)
Greater Scaup (female)
Greater Scaup (male)
Red-breasted Merganser (female)
Long-tailed Duck (male)
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Greater Scaup (female)
Swamp Sparrow
Mute Swans with Mallards
Mute Swan with Mallards
Long-tailed Duck (male)
Mallard (female)
Greater Scaup
Mourning Dove

Some botany:

Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)
Manitoba Maple (Acer negundo)
Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)
Mealy Rosette Lichen
Oriental Bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus)

Today’s group:

NATURE POETRY

O Winter . . .
He hears me not, but o’er the yawning deep
Rides heavy; his storms are unchain’d, sheathed
In ribbed steel; I dare not lift mine eyes;
For he hath rear’d his scepter o’er the world.        – William Blake (1757–1827)

Miles Hearn

3 thoughts on “Snowy Owl Still at Col. Sam: January 31, 2022

  1. Anne Marriott

    We went out to Col. Sam Smith last week to see if we could see the owl and were lucky enough to see him. A little while later, a man walked across the ice with his dog and flushed him that time as well.

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  2. rosemarie fischer

    those pics are beautiful!!!! what a majestic bird……..how lucky are we to see such beauty.
    Thanks for sharing…..

    Reply

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