2013 Project 365

Project 365/324 – Snowy Owls in Delaware

Sometimes I wonder if getting up at 4:00 a.m. to drive two hours to arrive before dawn is worth the effort. Hot rumors were flying through the facebook birding groups last night about reports of Snowy Owls along the Delaware Bay.

Arriving at my first stop, the only thing that greeted me was the rising sun. In the strong winds and high tides, I knew the owl had left for more hospitable climes.


Good fortune was to be on my side this morning, as new reports of two Snowy Owls found just south of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware hit the facebook pages. Heading my car south, I arrived there an hour later and walked out to the beach between the sand dunes. And there they were, two beautifully elegant and gorgeous Snowy Owls. Tucked into the sand dunes as if they were placed there by the passing tide.

A bird that I thought I would never see unless I traveled to the west coast. A bird that is rarely in our area that is further south in search of food. A very well visited bird today, as I was not the only one that took a pilgrimage to find them.

It is with the kindness of those who discovered these birds that were willing to share their secret location.

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Sometimes if you really want something, an extra effort must be made to achieve that goal. Once realized, you find it was well worth it.


“Dare to dream! If you did not have the capability to make your wildest wishes come true, your mind would not have the capacity to conjure such ideas in the first place. There is no limitation on what you can potentially achieve, except for the limitation you choose to impose on your own imagination. What you believe to be possible will always come to pass – to the extent that you deem it possible. It really is as simple as that.” 
― Anthon St. Maarten



29 replies »

  1. Congrats on the snowy owls! They are such cuties, especially their big feet!

    In a way, they were responsible for my becoming a serious birder. A funny, true story. I spent a day trudging through an area where a snowy had been seen with no luck. I got home after dark to find that one had perched on top of the grocery store where I used to shop, less than a mile from where I lived at that time. There were news crews out filming it, and people coming from around the area to see it. If I had gone grocery shopping instead of searching for a bird, I’d have seen one a lot sooner.

  2. Amazing shots. You know that you are a serious birder when you are willing to make such efforts to see a bird, knowing the chances of failure are great and the odds of getting a good shot, even if you see it, are slim. Your risk-taking really paid off with your wonderful shots of both the owls and the sunrise.

    • LOL ! These were pretty close to being a sure bet. I’m learning to get out there as soon as a report is made on a rare bird. Wait and forget about it. They’re starting to get harder to find. Thanks MIke.

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