Saturday, 10 January 2015

Snowy Owl

Last Saturday morning I got a phone call about a Snowy Owl sighting outside of Hartland. I've only jumped in my car twice to go searching for a bird and both times, they've been for a Snowy Owl! I actually brought along my two oldest boys (ages 2 and 4) to try to see it for ourselves. My oldest, Caleb, has mentioned to me a few times lately that he'd really like to see a Snowy Owl so I was excited that he might be able to see one so soon. We weren't disappointed as it was still there when we arrived.

We could see it off in the distance, but I zoomed in on it with my camera so the boys could have a better look. My two year old, Kyle, has been telling this story all week and describes it as a big white ball of snow and the shape of an egg. Pretty accurate description isn't it?

The photo below has been cropped to the max. I would have liked a better picture, but it wasn't worth disturbing an owl that could be exhausted and starving. It was a great addition to the Hartland Christmas Bird count and helped us finish with 44 species for the area. I'm sure getting to see one will always be a special sighing, but getting to see one with your kids is pretty priceless!