SNOWY. No – not the weather – the OWL.
And of course today was the day I had rushed out to birdwalk without my
phone camera, so this is not the bird I saw. But I did see one YES YES I saw a snowy owl in the third year of trying. He was quite like this one, with a black cap and very white snowy breast, just faint grey/white/grey plumage striations. Kim therefore thinks that he is a young male. Such a big, majestic, calm creature, sitting on a stone wall with the dun colors of brush and fields behind him. It was a beautiful morning too. We saw 20 other bird species, a harrier, many water birds on Sachem and Middle ponds, including a great blue heron who flew across.
Cathy had her camera, these are her photos – the white dot on the stone wall in the distance behind me is our snowy. He just sat there moving his head from time to time, he knew we were watching, and like good birders we did not go close to disturb him, but luckily Cathy’s is a proper camera with a zoom.