Snowy Owls Seen Across Nation

Arctic birds are flying south,
an unusual number is
catching our attention.
Irruption this year has
brought our delight–
Snowy Owls are being
seen across our nation. 

Ghostlike, showy,
brightly pure plumage
and their daytime activity
gives us a glimpse.
Not very often do we get
this chance to see these
birds in such amounts. 

Harry Potter had one
that kept his watch,
a devoted companion
that Hedwig of his.

 

The photos that were taken by my sister who lives in Norton, Kansas and that I had posted here finally “disappeared” from my page.  I’m going to see if I can find a way to get them to “stay”; they really are very cool.   Someone had told her that a Snowy Owl was spotted down at the lake in her small town.  She visited the lake and was able to capture these amazing photos of it as it caught and fed on a duck.    It is extremely rare to see Snowy Owls as far south as Kansas.  They are Arctic birds, averaging two feet in height.  The male is more white than the female who is a dusky, more muted white with spots.  A southern migration by these birds is called an irruption.  The New York Times reported that a record number of these birds have been sighted across the nation…even one in Hawaii.

My entry for:  Gooseberry Garden–New York Times Headlines:  http://gooseberrygoespoetic.blogspot.com/2012/01/poetry-picnic-week-23-new-york-times.html

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  1. love snow owls, awesome entry.

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  2. Beautiful birds…haven’t seen any around here…such a shame to not be able to see one up close…

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  3. Love the poem, but the pics are not there.

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  4. Amazing. These birds don’t seem like they even come from this planet–they are so magical.

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    • There’s something about a pure white animal that grabs our attention..yes, very magical. Rare to see them in my part of the world.

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  5. Lovely prose. The pics aren’t showing for me here either.

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    • I don’t know what’s going on with those photos. Why some apparently see them and others don’t. They really are very cool…sorry.

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  6. very beautiful snow owl and poetry imagery.

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  7. Androgoth

     /  January 25, 2012

    Unfortunately I can’t see the Owls but I do like them
    and have one that lives very near to my home, every
    night it calls and hoots and toots it’s lovely songs 🙂

    Have a wonderful rest of evening Gayle 🙂

    Androgoth XXx

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    • I could see the photos for a few days on my posting but then they disappeared. They really are very cool photos of a Snowy Owl in action catching a duck. I’m going to see if I can get them to “stay”. I love owls but rarely see or hear them in my neighborhood…you’re lucky to have them nearby, Androgoth.

      Thanks for sharing… xoxo 🙂

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  8. Beautiful birds … aren’t we fortunate to see the variety of birds,
    we do, that are flying south. Your poem say it all.
    Toodles,
    Izzy xoxo

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  9. I enjoy to read this.
    Awesome.
    Best wishes

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  10. I love and have been at times close to owls, well the Great Horned and the Red Eastern Screech and the Barred … but not the Snowy, I would love to see a Snowy Owl. I do not see photos? But your poem is quite lovely.

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    • Sorry about the photos that disappeared from my blog. I love owls too but rarely hear or see them. Thanks for coming by. xoxo

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  11. I saw my first photograph last week of a snowy owl – and it was daytime shot … I was surprised by the daylight.

    Gayle, I don’t see your sister’s here … have I missed something? Would love to see more photos of this beauty — what a treat!

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    • I know, they’re different from most other owls that are nocturnal…these owls come out in the day as well–diurnal. Aren’t they amazing…very cool, large birds…and from the Arctic!

      Thanks, Becca!

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  12. beautiful verse about those majestic creatures, Gayle. i’ve seen a similar type of a snowy owl once living in the Siberian region; wish i could see photos to compare. thanks for sharing 🙂

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    • My sister took some very cool photos of the one near her home but they wouldn’t stay on my page. I’ve now posted a photo I found through Google (I’m hoping it stays). They are beautiful…and large birds. See if the photo I posted looks like the one you saw in the Siberian area…Siberia…wow! Thanks, Yelena. It’s nice to see you here.

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  13. Beautiful post! 🙂 And I especially liked the mention of Hedwig here, you just gave her a remembrance tribute! 🙂

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  14. thats a beautiful bird gayle. we too have a variety of white owl in west bengal but thats not snow white, they are pearly white with gray patches. they are called the symbol of the goddess of wealth, malaxmi.

    they are beautiful birds, have seen them quite a few times.

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  15. You are lucky to have seen such an auspicious symbol for that beautiful Goddess Laxmi…or Lakshmi.. These birds are stunning.

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