Day #22 (2/25/2014) Snowy Owl
We headed out to South Canada today to find an owl! These birds have been seen in parts of the U.S. this winter, so we wanted to see one in the wild. We packed all our cold weather gear! We sat around at dusk with our binoculars, a thermos full of hot tea and our cameras! We were lucky this trip and spotted the Snowy owl!
Their range/habitat: Arctic Circle/ tundra-open land
Their length/weight: 22- 28”/ 2 ¼-5 ½ lbs Conservation Status: Common
Their diet: Carnivore: lemmings, rabbits, waterfowl
- Snowy owls are covered in long white feathers. The feathers cover every part of them including their feet and beak.
- They are most active at dusk and dawn, but are diurnal (active during the day) during the summer when there is little darkness.
- Females are larger than males and have molted or spotted brown colors on their feathers. This helps them blend in with the ground.
- Snowy owls nest on the ground.
- They have excellent hearing and eyesight.
- Snowy owls mate for life and both the male and female take care of the chicks.
- Snowy owls are ambush predators!
These gorgeous owls are so amazing! They are built for the cold! This elephant and horse are not though. Thank goodness we have this lovely warm cabin to stay in for the week! We’ll be here for several days because International Polar Bear day is coming!
-Ellie and Edmond