Monday, November 26, 2007

Snowy Owl sighting in Point Place

This dreary, foggy, raining morning had a nice surprise for us. As we were putting out our recyclables, a large winged creature swooped overhead and landed on the roof of our neighbor's house.

Turns out, it was a large Snowy Owl - about 16" high according to the bricks on the chimney - and it's unusual to see this far south, as its normal southern-most boundary is the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

My neighbor said one of the tv stations had a small blurb about it being sighted in Point Place, but I couldn't find it online. According to this website, it was Fox Toledo, Channel 36.

He's been on the rooftop about an hour as of the time of this post. We'll see how long he stays there - and in the area!

4 comments:

Greg said...

Maggie,

Thanks so much for sharing! This bird is of interest to the local birding community. People will want to come look for it. Would you be willing to give more specific directions to the location on rarebird.org?

Thanks,

Greg L.

Maggie Thurber said...

The sighting was at 117th and Maumee Bay. Don't know where the bird was for the Fox Toledo 36 report...will post this on rarebird.org...

Roo said...

Wow, Maggie! Wish you had called me - I would have come a runnin'! LOL We have had a rather large amount of Screech Owls around here this year. I'm thinking that with the completion of all the construction they are gravitating back to the golf course.

Maggie Thurber said...

roo - as it was about 7 a.m., figured you wouldn't want to come running...

But I'll call you if I see it again at a respectable hour of the day..LOL

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