My Northern Florida trip turned out to be just one wonderful bird after another with this Snowy Owl being the cherry on top of the sundae!
The Snowy Owl has only been officially recorded in Florida two times before this one showed up. This makes her a super rarity and a “Life” bird for most of the people who have got to visit with her and a “State” bird for probably like 99% of the visitors. It is very difficult to explain just how exciting it is to even share space with such an incredible creature and I was fortunate enough to experience her with 7-8 others.
While I got to visit with her she pretty much just stood still and occasionally looked around and even though it was 48 degrees out and the wind was blowing pretty hard the time just flew.
After an hour or so she turned sideways and gave us this amazing look at her side. She started preening and stretching so I decided to wait for her to fly and little did I know that it would be much later when she finally did go airborne.
Snowy Owl are just under two feet tall and have a wing span of 52 inches which make them slightly bigger than a Great Horned Owl. They are the heaviest Owls by far weighing close to 4 pounds.
After three and a half hour she shifted positions facing the other direction and after lighting her load (pooping) I told those that remained that I thought she was getting ready to fly and before the words had barely left my mouth she was airborne!!
I haven’t had a chance to come up with a total species count for the trip yet but I know I saw 2 “Lifers” and at least 4 “State” birds which I will share very soon. I usually don’t dedicate a post to a single bird … but OHHHHHHHHHHHHH what a bird she is!
Thank you so much for visiting and I hope she put as big a smile on your face as she did mine. God Bless!