Sunday, January 6, 2013
Many of us are familiar with Hedwig, the Snowy Owl of Harry Potter Fame. Little do many know that Snowy Owls can be found around here. Snowy Owls mainly breed in the northernmost regions of the Arctic tundra of Alaska, Canada and Eurasia. Some will migrate southward during the winter depending on their food supply of mice and lemmings. These highly nomadic birds will often feed other small mammals and birds.
Although they are rare to uncommon in Wisconsin, you find them in open fields,airports and harbors that have the tundra like appearance. Scan the posts, hay bales, rocks, silos that would give them high ground for them to search for prey. They'll often sit there for hours.
This picture was taken at the South Shore Yacht Club in Milwaukee on December 14, 2012. I had been reading reports on her sightings at the club. She has been hanging around in the area for about week. (She still may be there) Tender Heart and I decided to try our luck. When we got there, we had no trouble in finding her. We just followed all the photographers that were there already. One guy had traveled all the way from Madison just to take pictures. I had spent about a half an hour there taking many pics.
Oh yeah, the heavy barring suggests this is a young female.