Snowy Owl Visits South Bass Island

The Bass Islands are frequently visited by extraordinary birds, but among the most stunning is the Snowy Owl.  Friday afternoon appeared to be a good day for a visit to Put-in-Bay by an immature female Snowy Owl! Click on any image for the enlarged view.

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The following information is courtesy of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology:

  • Size & Shape

    Snowy Owls are very large owls with smoothly rounded heads and no ear tufts. The body is bulky, with dense feathering on the legs that makes the bird look wide at the base when sitting on the ground.

  • Color Pattern

    Snowy Owls are white birds with varying amounts of black or brown markings on the body and wings. On females this can be quite dense, giving the bird a salt-and-pepper look. Males tend to be paler and become whiter as they age. The eyes are yellow.

  • Behavior

    Look for Snowy Owls sitting on or near the ground in wide-open areas. They often perch on rises such as the crests of dunes, or on fenceposts, telephone poles, and hay bales. When they fly they usually stay close to the ground.

  • Habitat

    In winter, look for Snowy Owls along shorelines of lakes and the ocean, as well as on agricultural fields and airport lands. Snowy Owls breed in the treeless arctic tundra.

Gusty Winds Blast South Bass Island West Shore

Wind speeds ranged from 18 to 26mph out of the WNW Thursday morning at the South Bass Island Lighthouse.  A peak gust of 37mph was recorded at 5am!  A small craft advisory remains in effect until 10pm tonight.  Waves in the open water are 3-6 feet and should decrease to less than 4 feet.

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