Rare Snowy Owl visits Washington DC!

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There's apparently a Snowy Owl doing a whistle-stop tour of DC! These critters are normally found up in the Arctic reaches of Canada and Alaska but one's apparently blown south to hunt rats... plenty of pickings to be had in this town, and some kino photo ops too....
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WASHINGTON (AP) β€” A snowy owl apparently touring iconic buildings of the nation’s capital is captivating birdwatchers who manage to get a glimpse of the rare, resplendent visitor from the Arctic.

Far from its summer breeding grounds in Canada, the snowy owl was first seen on Jan. 3, the day a winter storm dumped eight inches of snow on the city.

Since then, it’s been spotted in the evenings flying around Washington’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, landing on Union Station, the National Postal Museum, various Senate buildings, and Capitol Police headquarters.

Late last week about three dozen people in thick coats trained their binoculars on the football-sized bird with bright yellow eyes as it perched on the stone head of Archimedes, a famous ancient Greek mathematician, carved above the train station entrance.

The nocturnal hunter appears to be targeting the city’s plentiful downtown rat population.

β€œSnowy owls are coming from a part of the world where they see almost nothing human, from completely treeless open Arctic tundra,” said Scott Weidensaul, a researcher at nonprofit Project SNOWStorm, which tracks snowy owl movements.

Some owls migrate south out of the Arctic every winter, but the number fluctuates, he said. About every three to five years, a spike in the population of lemmings, their chief food source, results in a larger number of surviving owl chicks. In those β€œirruption” years, more birds migrate and migrate farther.

Most winters, North American snowy owls don’t go much below the Great Lakes or Cape Cod area, Weidensaul said.

However, β€œin irruption years, they tend to go farther south than they usually would,” he said. β€œA lot of the snowy owls we’re seeing now in the East and Upper Midwest are young birds, on their first migration.”

On eBird, a nonprofit platform used by birdwatchers, snowy owls have been reported this winter in Kansas, Missouri, Tennessee, North Carolina and Maryland.

Since it was first seen, the Capitol Hill owl has attracted a few dozen birdwatchers each night hoping to spot the same owl species that delivers messages to Harry Potter.

The onlookers have included new birdwatchers and those who have been doing it for decades, like Swiss ambassador to the U.S., Jacques Pitteloud, many hoping for a β€œlifer” β€” the first time a birdwatcher has seen a particular bird.

Last Thursday, the owl perched on a bronze eagle atop a flagpole. Then it soared, its 5-foot white wingspan silhouetted against the inky night sky, to land on a large stone orb held by carved birds, part of an ornate fountain.

Ambassador Pitteloud picked up his camera tripod and ran through the grass to get a better view. When he later posted on Facebook, the 50-year veteran birdwatcher wrote, β€œThe Superstar of Union Station! Snowy owl, a lifer for me in a very, very unlikely setting!”

Kerry Snyder, who lives in Washington, has been avidly birdwatching during the pandemic. β€œIt’s been a great way to connect with people outdoors, when that’s been the safest place to be,” she said.

She reminded other onlookers not to use flash photography, or approach the owl too closely, lest the bird feel startled or threatened β€” good practices for viewers observing any bird of prey.

Scientists consider snowy owls to be β€œ vulnerable ” to extinction and estimate the total global population to be less than 30,000 birds.

Weidensaul said that threats to snowy owls include urban hazards β€” in particular, vehicle collisions and poisons used to kill prey animals like rats, which can also kill raptors β€” as well as climate change.

β€œThe climate is changing more dramatically in the Arctic than anywhere else on Earth,” he said, and that may make sightings like this one even rarer. In some parts of the Arctic, thinning ice is already reducing the number of boom years for lemmings.

After decades studying snowy owls, Weidensaul still feels awe: β€œThis is a piece of the Arctic in downtown DC β€” you’re not going to see a polar bear walking in front of the White House.”

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Looks like a female. A lot of birds of prey don't really have much variation in plumage, but snowy owls are an exception, given they do not nest in trees, but rather on the tundra where they are wide open for predation by polar bears, grizzly bears, arctic wolves, wolverines and I imagine even the arctic fox sometimes. So the females tend to have these darker bands and striations in their wings to help them blend in better, whereas the males are more White in color.

They're an interesting species, belonging to the Bubo genus of owls, along with other large horned owls, like the Great Horned owl here in the temperate Americas. Unlike many other members of the bubo genus, they fly back to the Arctic and nest and mate in the summer time, and they hunt during daylight or twilight in subarctic regions, during the warm months, as the sun never sets in the Arctic in the warm seasons. Right now, many other Bubo species are nesting and mating in the dead of winter, because the prolonged winter nighttime gives them a big advantage over diurnal predators, so winter time tends to be when they consume the most calories and summer time is when food becomes harder to come by, and most animals time mating season for when they're packing on the most calories, as sufficient and excessive consumption of calories translates to sufficient production of hormones.

I've actually heard two great horned owls singing in a duet on my property as recently as a couple weeks ago, and I remember hearing duets sung last winter as well. Come spring, it's more common to hear great horned owls singing or hooting alone individually.

 

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There's apparently a Snowy Owl doing a whistle-stop tour of DC! These critters are normally found up in the Arctic reaches of Canada and Alaska but one's apparently blown south to hunt rats... plenty of pickings to be had in this town, and some kino photo ops too....
In the summer they're in the Arctic. In the winter they fly down to the 50-40 parallel North area because the Arctic is just too bitterly cold and game too scarce, not just in North America, but also in Europe and Asia. However sometimes, they will migrate well into the 30s, depending on population booms and busts. They mainly eat rodents and rabbits. And there is a natural oscillation in nature, whereby you will see a population boom in rodents/rabbits, and then a boom in owls will correspond with this a few years afterward, but that owl boom and other environmental factors will cause the rodent/rabbit population to crash, which in turn will crash the owl population.

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Looks like a female. A lot of birds of prey don't really have much variation in plumage, but snowy owls are an exception, given they do not nest in trees, but rather on the tundra where they are wide open for predation by polar bears, grizzly bears, arctic wolves, wolverines and I imagine even the arctic fox sometimes. So the females tend to have these darker bands and striations in their wings to help them blend in better, whereas the males are more White in color.

They're an interesting species, belonging to the Bubo genus of owls, along with other large horned owls, like the Great Horned owl here in the temperate Americas. Unlike many other members of the bubo genus, they fly back to the Arctic and nest and mate in the summer time, and they hunt during daylight or twilight in subarctic regions, during the warm months, as the sun never sets in the Arctic in the warm seasons. Right now, many other Bubo species are nesting and mating in the dead of winter, because the prolonged winter nighttime gives them a big advantage over diurnal predators, so winter time tends to be when they consume the most calories and summer time is when food becomes harder to come by, and most animals time mating season for when they're packing on the most calories, as sufficient and excessive consumption of calories translates to sufficient production of hormones.

I've actually heard two great horned owls singing in a duet on my property as recently as a couple weeks ago, and I remember hearing duets sung last winter as well. Come spring, it's more common to hear great horned owls singing or hooting alone individually.

Great comment :). I live on a swamp and their is a lot of owls here.... something has been getting my coons, not sure if it’s them or coyotes... I hear them in the distance
 

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I am sure it is but more importantly The Snowy Owl reminds us that the true power of life on this planet lies in its ability to adapt and overcome even the harshest environment and carve out a home. For the Snowy Owl, the frozen tundra is not a wasteland but a winter wonderland. Snowy Owls are equipped with β€œsnowshoes” of feathers on each foot, feathers around the beak to prevent freezing, and perfect white camouflage for the Arctic tundra.
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Snowy Owl Symbolism, Meaning,Encounters and Omens


The Snowy Owl has many different possible meanings. Cultural interpretations of owls in general can vary greatly. Commonly, though, owls of all sorts are associated with wisdom, guidance, protection, death and magic.


The Snowy Owl is one of a few owl species that is active and hunts during the day time. For this reason, the Snowy Owl may be associated with winter days, or with individuality.

Harry Potter’s famous Snowy Owl companion was primarily used as a messenger who delivered letters throughout the magical landscape of the series. Many people still associate Snowy Owls with the role of the messenger.

Snowy Owls are fantastically camouflaged to hunt in their snowy habitats. They are also notoriously silent in flight. This attribute makes them very difficult to detect. For this reason Snowy Owls can represent concealment or hidden danger.

In Greek mythology, the owl is the votive animal of the goddess Athena. It is said that Athena, the goddess of wisdom and strategy, came to love owls for their solemn appearance and watchful eyes. In some instances, the presence of an owl on the battlefield was believed to be good omen anticipating victory. They were also symbols of victory and the protector of soldiers at war

Native American cultures often connected owls with death. In some cases, the god of death was even represented by owls.

If a Snowy Owl lands outside your home it can mean that a deceased loved one is attempting to visit you.

If a Snowy Owl appears to you in winter, it can be a sign of good luck and a prosperous future.

A Snowy Owl flying overhead may indicate that you’re feeling lost or directionless. Like the migratory Snowy Owl this encounter may be a sign that you need to seek out a change of scenery.

What does a snowy owl mean spiritually? The white owl symbolizes wisdom with the snowy owl representing endurance. It leads to big dreams and confidence in pursuing them. It also speaks of prophecy and fulfilment.


Is seeing a white owl good luck? Some feel that sighting an owl brings luck whereas some feel that it’s a sign of bad omen. However, one common observation has been that a white owl brings luck, whereas any other owl is a sign of bad omen. Owls also have their association with things dark and sinister and death. It is important to note that, as with many symbols, meanings can change. While we nowadays impute owls with wisdom, they were once regarded as evil. Cloaking themselves in the darkness, stalking silently and surreptitiously, owls represented solitude. They hid in the shadows, unseen, and so were viewed negatively, in some cultures as the bringer of death, or at least the messenger thereof. Like the raven, the owl became an image of death and the afterlife, thought to be the animal that guided the spirits from this life to the next. Ancient civilizations in Mexico, the Middle East, and especially China created horrible myths around the owl, making it the pet of Hell or the punisher of those who have done wrong. Its loud, longing screech was unsettling, and because of its ability to see in the dark, the owl could see into the future, but it also meant, in the Christian and Judaic traditions, blindness, or an inability to pierce through the darkness, ultimately preventing spiritual insight. As such, early people saw the owl as a negative force, rather than a positive one.
 

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It’s beautiful. Too bad that faggot article had to mention Harry fucking Potter, as if that is in any way relevant to anything in that article. God forbid they don’t shoehorn in a movie or media reference! Also we all knew they’d blame climate change, and boom, right there at the end.
 

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I’d support this Owel for supreme leadership.
 

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I wish the weather was warmer and it was someones escaped pet parrot with a foul mouth that just randomly screams nigger and faggot.
 
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