|Snowy owl photographed this morning in Devon, PA by David Hucker.|
Getting to see a Snowy here in Chester County is a treat. Snowy owls spend their summers north of the Arctic Circle, where they breed and hunt. Sometimes they spend the whole year in the Arctic but in other years, they migrate southward for the winter, often into the northeast U.S. On "irruptive" years, they migrate much farther southward, sometimes throughout the entire U.S. Their bright white plumage makes them easy to spot unless, of course, there is snow on the ground! Snowy owls are diurnal, meaning active during the day, though they spend a great deal of time sitting.
Look closely at the bird's talons and you can see that it is having no trouble finding a meal...
We hope the snowy owl sticks around for a while and that you get a chance to see it. With any luck, it will take up temporary residence at our Waterloo Mills Preserve, right down the road from where this photo was taken!