January 1, 2019
A Snowy Surprise
- as seen by -Eric Januszkiewicz
What was originally thought to be a gull swooping to the ground turned out to be something much more rare and exciting — a snowy owl (Bubo scandiacus). This spectacular-looking owl was spotted in the coastal town of North Kingstown, Rhode Island.
Snowy owls range throughout Canada and in some of the northernmost states of the United States. In the summer, these owls spend their time hunting in the 24-hour daylight of the Arctic Circle. Unlike most owls, snowy owls are completely diurnal and will hunt at all hours while in the continuous daylight.
The thick feathers that keep these birds so well insulated in the arctic also make them the heaviest owls in North America. These snow white feathers combined with their elusive yellow eyes make snowy owls an extraordinary sight to see.