The First Snow(y)

“You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.”   Wayne Gretzky

Yup, it is that time of year again. The Snowy Owls return to Plum Island. It’s kind of like when the swallows return to San Juan Capistrano, but you will need to dress a bit warmer than you would if you were visiting southern California. Sightings start as early as October, and from my experience, I have seen them hanging around into May. 

I am always amazed at how owls have a tendency to just stay put in one spot for hours. Especially when a flock of birders are gathered taking pictures. You would think with fifteen or so spectators and the noise of those cameras waiting for that perfect picture, the owls would have taken off. However, they don’t. I think that they are actually amazed that we are not running from them, and how many months one of those bipedal creatures could feed them. 

So if you are in Massachusetts and want to see a Snowy Owl in the wild, check out Plum Island. However, they can be seen throughout Massachusetts along the coast. As always, just look for the flock of birders.

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