By now, you have to be aware of the invasion of Snowy Owls that has captured the attention of birders, non-birders,and Harry Potter fans alike. Big, white, and beautiful, they have invaded the Lower 48 in numbers not seen in decades.
Suggesting once again a telepathic link between bird and man might exist, my buddy Don found yet another one. Just outside of South Rockwood in extreme northern Monroe County, this gem was sitting casually in a farm field. You can see it on the ground on the right side of the photo.
This view shows it a bit better! (Click the pic for a better look.)
I think it is neat to note that this bird was on the leeward side of the weed tuft. The wind was whippin' a bit Saturday night. No, it is not much of a wind break, but every bit helps! I don't think it was coincidence that it was sitting there.
There is really no telling which bird this is. A bird has been present inside Pointe Mouillee State Game Area for a few weeks now. It is completely possible this is the same bird out for an afternoon hunt (its last known location is a mere three miles away). It is also completely possible this is the bird that was noted hanging out around Metro Airport. Or maybe it was one of the four that was hanging out near the Clinton River mouth a few weeks back. Maybe it is the one from Lincoln Park in December. Hell. The way this season has gone, it could easily be a "new bird".
In any case, new or old, they're captivating, aren't that?