Today I saw my first Snowy Owl of the season...but it almost didn't happen ! Arriving at Dune Rd., by way of the Post Lane Bridge, Quogue, I headed east, on my 3rd or 4th try for this season's much reported, *Nyctea scandiaca.* While I had some nice birds on D.R. before reaching Shinnicock Inlet, ie: a single Pintail, first water, bayside, w/o Dockers Restaurant; lone A.Bittern, bayside (P # 407); 3 Great Blue Herons, spread out to Ponquogue Bridge, I still needed to"hunt the great, white whale", err... I mean bird !
Starting for home, when I reach Ponquogue Ave at this late time of the afternoon, I normally turn right to go over the bridge, but today I decided to go back along D.R. The sun had set, and there wasn't much light, but the possibility of a Short-eared Owl, rather than a snowy, was the reason for me going straight ! Heading west, as I swiveled my head left and right, a big lump* on top of a pole on the ocean-side (e/o Triton La) materialized into a lovely Snowy Owl ! Lovely, because it was my first of the season, and also because of its being cast in an orangey hue, due to the available light from the setting sun ! Cheers, Bob * Almost positive it wasn't there on my first pass ! -- NYSbirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsWELCOME.htm http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsRULES.htm http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://firstname.lastname@example.org/maillist.html 2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/NYSBirds-L 3) http://birding.aba.org/maillist/NY01 Please submit your observations to eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/ --