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):