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Snowy Owl on our Chimney:

A bunch of crows started to circle our house this morning in Marblehead. When I went out to see what was going on I discovered a Snowy Owl on top of our chimney.
Kevin Baer
F.B. King December 01, 2013 at 03:03 PM
THAT is awesome, Kevin. fbk
Alfred E. Wilson December 01, 2013 at 05:06 PM
Great photo! Love to see the bird, where do you live?
Terry Date (Editor) December 01, 2013 at 05:39 PM
Beautiful owl. Beautiful photo. Thank you.
Nancy Gilberg December 01, 2013 at 07:08 PM
Magnificent! Very important to not disturb them, as they've traveled a long way in search of food. (Food supply is cyclical; when supplies are low, birds come south from arctic regions.) From Ranger Poole at Parker River Natl. Wildlife Refuge: "Most tips are really common sense. Stay in your motor vehicle if you can; wildlife is usually much less threatened by people in a car or truck...versus when you get out you look a lot like a predator. If a bird like a snowy is at rest or stationary...any movement induced by your presence and, more importantly, advancing toward it, can cause "disturbance" (behaviorally and legally). Needless to say, distance is best, telephoto lenses are best. Any animal is most vulnerable during colder weather. The more they move, the more calories they expend. Expended energy requires refueling...and food can, needless to say, be more difficult to find in the colder months."
Jean December 02, 2013 at 10:31 AM
What do they eat, mice etc.? Is that beautiful creature in danger from the crows?
Nancy Gilberg December 02, 2013 at 11:29 AM
This page, http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/snowy_owl/id is interesting and states, "Snowy Owls mainly eat small mammals, particularly lemmings, which at times on the tundra may be all these birds eat. Sometimes they’ll switch to ptarmigan and waterfowl. Snowy Owls are also one of the most agile owls, able to catch small birds on the fly. On both their breeding and wintering grounds, their diet can range widely to include rodents, rabbits, hares, squirrels, weasels, wading birds, seabirds, ducks, grebes, and geese." Crows commonly harrass all birds of prey. Hopefully they'll just annoy and not harm the owl!
Jean December 03, 2013 at 10:19 AM
This morning my daughter said, "look at the huge hawk in the tree" and there he was sitting and observing the neighborhood. There were 3 crows hovering around also. My concern is for the small animals like dogs out in their yards and the neighborhood cats wandering through.
Andy Karl December 05, 2013 at 08:57 AM
Beautiful bird great photos. I saw one sitting on the sand at Nahant Zbeach yesterday. A local Audubon person told me that there are "more than usual" numbers around. It seems a lack of their local food supply causes them to look elsewhere for a meal. They do eat rodents/ rats.
J.B December 09, 2013 at 12:52 PM
Was also seen on Harbor View.

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