As (most) of our migrants have left us for the year, the shift has been steadily moving towards winter birding for us here in the Ottawa area. As temperatures continue to swing up and down and more snow starts to accumulate, we are fixated on the possibility of spotting some of our favourite birds of winter.
In addition to the fabulous finches and colourful cardinals, there is one particular large raptor that continues to captivate birders and non-birders alike during the winter season.
The snowy owl.
With its beautiful white and black spotted plumage, often perched high above us hunting for its next meal, these owls are a staple to the winter birders field work. Perhaps it is there reclusive nature or the fact that they simply don’t visit us all that often that attracts us to them. No matter what might attract us to these lovely raptors, it certainly seems like many of us will get a glimpse of one over the coming months.