My day with a snowy owl

A photo of the snowy owl from Maggie Fimia's deck.

By Maggie Fimia

The crows were frantic Friday morning. I assumed it was the Cooper’s Hawk that occasionally visits, eyeing the little birds I feed.

But when I got out the binoculars to see what was up in the fir tree just 30 or so feet from my deck, there he or she was — a beautiful, young snowy owl. It stayed from 8 a.m. until about 4:30 p.m., mostly just trying to sleep. I was treated to some direct eye contact with those piercing orange eyes. He/she got used to my staring at that beautiful plumage and the ability to turn its head what seemed like 360 degrees.

I knew it would be off right around sunset, and I was ready with my camera and video. I watched for the signs. I could tell he was going to take flight. Sure enough, like a flash, he was off to the north. But there was no way I could catch him on camera! What a privilege and thrill to spend the day with a snowy owl.

  1. Well done. I’m grateful you shared this with us.
    Have you seen the amazing website “eBird” at ?
    You might consider submitting your information to them so it can be put on the WA map of current sightings of rare/unusual birds.

  2. A snowy owl showed up here in Hawaii last week. Unfortunately it landed at the Honolulu International Airport.
    Well, those folks who are paid to keep our airports safe and airplanes flying, tried for TWO WHOLE HOURS to scare the owl off, all to no avail. So what did they do? They shot the owl. The newspaper here ran an article about it and quoted the killers boss as saying that they are “unsung heroes” for keep us all safe. They should be locked up.

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