Well, when we ordered these beautiful Christmas cards back in November from the good folks over at Audubon, we had no idea that we would soon be in the midst of one of the greatest Snowy Owl invasions of all time, a lovely gift if ever there was one.
They seem to be everywhere- there is even one hanging out on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.
Larry over at Brownstone Birding Blog had one land on the roof of his car, where it proceeded to devour a mole in its talons.
Here's an updated look at Snowy Owl sightings in Maryland and nearby states, as logged into eBird:
Some other Snowy Owl news:
Audubon magazine has a nice Q and A about Snowy Owls by Kenn Kaufman.
The New York airports authority was planning to shoot Snowy Owls, as a threat to air traffic. After much protest, they wisely decide to trap and relocate them instead.
More soon. And Merry almost Christmas.