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.
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