December 27, 2015

The pole sitter.

We were on our way back from Windsor when we saw a large flock of tundra swans in a corn field next to the highway.
We took the next exit and looped back. They were too far away for decent photos.

A bit further on we came across this snowy owl sitting on top of a power pole.



Bubo scandiacus

The Snowy Owl can be found represented in cave paintings in Europe.

 This largest (by weight) North American owl shows up irregularly in winter to hunt in windswept fields or dunes, a pale shape with catlike yellow eyes. They spend summers far north of the Arctic Circle hunting lemmings, ptarmigan, and other prey in 24-hour daylight

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