Snowy Owl Macomb County 12-27-13

Posted on Jan 2, 2014 in Birds | 5 Comments

 

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The Snowy Owl irruption of 2013-14 has made big news in the bird forums and even onto some national telecasts.  Sightings are being reported in record breaking numbers with the highest concentration being in the North Eastern States and include record reports across Michigan.  So far Macomb County is lagging behind other Michigan counties, so I was very pleased to read about and then photograph this Owl out near Richmond (34 Mile & Lowe Plank Rd.).

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This snowy was first seen on the single post far out in the middle of a farm field.   It then moved to a sevice pole next to 34 mile rd.  So cool to watch it from close up with an added bonus to observe it regurgitate a pellet.   The pellet stayed on top of the pole.  A neat outing ending with the picturesque sunsetting and the owl remaining on the pole as I drove off.  Three more photos below.

Information regarding Snowy Owl Irrpution from:

http://www.projectsnowstorm.org/what-is-an-irruption/

Snowy owls come south in unpredictable invasions known as ‘irruptions.’ It’s mostly about food and babies, but we have a lot to learn about this phenomenon – and this winter’s is the biggest in decades.

Snowy owls normally live their lives in the endless summer sunshine and perpetual winter darkness of the high Arctic. But every once in a while, for reasons that are not fully understood, snowy owls come flooding down from the north in a phenomenon known as an irruption.

Smaller irruptions happen every few years, but once or twice in a lifetime a mega-irruption occurs, when snowy owls show up much farther south, and in vastly greater numbers, than usual.

This winter, 2013-14, is one such extraordinary event, the largest irruption in the Northeast and Great Lakes regions in four or five decades. Snowy owls have been reported as far south as Florida and Arkansas, and even on Bermuda.

 

 

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5 Comments

  1. Steve
    January 2, 2014

    Nice Report, Great Photos, Cool Blog!

    Keep up the fine work sir….

    Regards,
    Steve

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  2. Bill Collins
    January 4, 2014

    You know I like the sunset best.

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  3. Kelvin
    January 4, 2014

    What lovely images Willie of a pristine Snowy. This is one of my favourite birds. The one I saw in England was covered in oil and in a dockyard….. not quite the same.
    Happy New Year mate.
    Kelvin

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  4. Natalie
    January 9, 2014

    Amazing shots, Uncle Bill! My favorite is the yawning owl! Thanks for sharing, it makes me miss the freezing Michigan snow even more!

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    • mcbad84@wowway.com
      January 9, 2014

      Thanks Natalie, We miss you here in the great white north!! The Owl “yawning” as you say is actually regurgitating a pellet! What a bonus it was to watch it!

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