Wednesday, February 7, 2018
FEMALE SNOWY OWL, FIFTH AVE LOUTH FIELD, ST. CATHERINES, NIAGARA, ONTARIO, 2/6/18
Even though this owl was quite far away (see owl in center of third photo), we can ID it as a female Snowy Owl by its white face, dark barred crown and white body with dark bars.
The Snowy Owl is native to the Arctic regions of North America and Eurasia, where it nests on the tundra. In some years, some North American Snowy Owls remain in their breeding grounds year-round, while other migrate for the winter to southern Canada and the northern half of contiguous U.S. In winter it can be found in open fields, marshes, coastal sand dunes, etc. The Snowy Owl hunts mainly at night for a variety of prey, including ducks, grebes and gulls captured on open water. It is one of our largest owls.
The Snowy Owl is a new species to our Photographic Life List , which now stands at 774.