Holy Hannah what a beautiful Snowy Owl

I missed the snowy owl on Friday but my friend Ann called late in the day on Saturday and told me to get my butt up to Deerfield.  Well, I made it and oh boy, what a sight.  This snowy owl just sat on the top of a barn, undisturbed by people down below.  The sun was going down and the temperature was dropping fast!  I think my shutter finger got frostbite…but it was worth it.

Biologists think that there were an over-abundance of lemmings (snowy owls primary food) up in the arctic circle where the snowy owl nests.  Which in turn allowed more of the baby snowy owls to fledge and dispersed south.  And we are now blessed with juveniles as far south as Pennsylvania!

Take a look at the Western Massachusetts visitor (remember click on a pic to enlarge):

Just beautiful!

Just beautiful!

Did I just see a mouse?

Did I just see a mouse?

Nah, its just John and his dog Touro?

Nah, its just John and his dog Touro?

Now that's the face of a predator with complete focus!

Now that’s the face of a predator with complete focus!

It was getting cold so the owl puffed up a bit.

It was getting cold so the owl puffed up a bit.

Nice profile!

Nice profile!

I think the snowy likes me too!

I think the snowy likes me too!

About John Body

I live in Western Massachusetts, in the incredibly beautiful Connecticut River Valley. I've been hiking, kayaking, and tracking wildlife throughout the Valley with lots of photos and videos that people may like to see. Whenever I travel I also take my cameras just in case I see great scenery or wildlife. My passion is wildlife conservation so I try to attend wildlife workshops and land preservation events (Habitat, Habitat, Habitat!). When I get a chance, I videotape the experts, they're just so knowledgeable and inspiring. I hope you enjoy my posts.
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