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While visiting NJ last week, reports of Snowy Owls on the beaches came in and it seems there are a few of these rare birds visiting the state. I was lucky enough to see one on the beach I usually frequent while in NJ.

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    • Thanks! I am sure it was tired but it had been there a few days before I got there. It was also being harassed by about six crows that I could see and also by two gulls. Besides being harassed by the other birds, some guy with a dog also disturbed it after repeated warnings to not let the dog get close to it. The dog eventually chased after it and it flew away. It has since returned and is still being harassed by other birds and probably more dogs as well.

  1. simply beautiful Terence…what a gorgeous bird and you captured him perfectly!!! Too bad people wouldn’t keep their dogs under control when a bird like this is around, they know the dog can’t help but chase?!

    • Thanks Heather! I spoke with the park ranger and during winter the dogs are allowed to be unleashed and there is nothing legally they can do to stop dogs from chasing birds. It’s a real shame.

        • Hi Heather, makes no sense to me either but in the summer they close certain areas to protect breeding birds and dogs are not allowed but in the winter the closed areas are open access to everyone and dogs are allowed unleashed. Kind of stupid to protect the birds in summer only and not year round.

    • It was very interesting indeed. I read recently that Snowy Owls like open areas to hunt so I guess the beach is preferable for them. The only thing about being on the beach, they are open to being harassed by other birds and dogs.

    • It seems some are staying for the winter as there are reports of somewhere between 6-10 now in NJ. Snowy Owls eat rodents and other birds. It is a raptor so it will hunt a lot of different things. I hope there are enough rodents around though.

        • This particular Snowy was photographed on LBI at the Barnegat Lighthouse State Park. Last I heard there were possibly two there and a few others spread about the length of the island. I heard that some might be at Holgate as well but I never saw any to confirm. I can only confirm the one I saw at the Barnegat Lighthouse State Park. I can also confirm at least one more at Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in Brigantine. I can’t guarantee they will be there but they have been hanging around in those two areas for some time now. Reports also say that there were another two in Sandy Hook. I haven’t been there but know a few people that went there and saw at least one there. Good luck if you go to LBI. I hope it’s still there.

  2. What a beautiful owl, and lucky you! 😀 These are gorgeous images!

    We were in Arizona last week and happened to hear, then see a Great Horned Owl sitting on top of a saguaro just after sundown. Owls are enjoyable creatures to observe.

    ~Lindy

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  5. Thanks for liking my blog post, the man in the woods. I love your snowy owls. I had no idea that they would go that far south. I saw one on Banks Island a few years ago but these are beautiful shots.

    • Thanks Carol! Glad you got to see one. It’s not too often they come south but according to some of the reports I read, they are mostly young ones coming south to establish feeding grounds because there was a population boom where they came from and they were competing for food. Once the winter dies down they will eventually head back north.

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