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 Post subject: Long Island Snowy Owls
PostPosted: January 18th, 2015, 5:52 am 
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Location: Long Island, NY
Yesterday I decided to try looking for snowy owls at a local beach. Sightings are pretty common here, with most experienced birders being able to catch a glimpse of at least one. Early in the morning i drove out there (first trip with my driver's license woot woot), and i was definitely not disappointed! I got to see three snowy owls!!! One landed on the trail about 30 feet in front of me which stopped me dead in my tracks. I had no idea they were SO BIG! They look like two-foot tall snowmen in the dunes. After a few minutes of watching it, the owl flew and started fighting with another snowy, and there was ANOTHER watching them from a dune a few feet away. Even though im not really a birder, i thought it was pretty awesome!

Here's the one that landed right on the trail. I think it's a male.
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Snowy Owl by Alex Roukis, on Flickr

Fighting snowies
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Snowy Owls Fighting by Alex Roukis, on Flickr

The loser of the battle flying away
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Snowy Owl in-flight by Alex Roukis, on Flickr

The third owl who was was watching them fight
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Snowy Owl by Alex Roukis, on Flickr

Another cool bird seen was this Northern Harrier. They look like a mix between an owl and a hawk, and they fly very close to the ground. At first (he was far away), i thought this was just a dark snowy owl.
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Northern Harrier by Alex Roukis, on Flickr


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 Post subject: Re: Long Island Snowy Owls
PostPosted: January 18th, 2015, 8:28 am 

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Your snowy owl experience sounds wonderful! Great pictures of a bird more beautiful than my vocabulary can express.


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 Post subject: Re: Long Island Snowy Owls
PostPosted: January 18th, 2015, 11:09 am 
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Thanks Tamara! This is definitely my favorite species of owl, maybe even my favorite species of any bird. It's really special to know they're living just 20 minutes from me!


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