Monday, February 9, 2009
After weeks of reading the numerous Snowly Owl sightings in southeastern WI reported on our Wisconsin Birding Network, I finally had a day off to try spotting one for myself. It was only because two very experienced and knowledgable birders were willing to spend their morning acting as my guides that I was able to see not one, but two, of these beautiful birds. The one pictured here was just snoozing in the sun on top of an electrical pole next to the raod. We drove right under him and he barely opened his eyes.(I wish the photo quality was better.) The other was spotted on the ground way out in the middle of a field. Without hesitation,my guide jumped out of her car and set up her spotting scope just so I could get a better look than the bins were offering. As a bonus, they also knew just where to look for horned larks, snow buntings, and rough-legged hawks so I added four new birds to my list last Friday. Thanks Marilyn and Kathy-birders are the best! Check out all the bird photos this week at Bird Photography Weekly.