During January and Feburary we have visitors from the land far north of here, the Snowy Owl. Most of the year they inhabit Canada and the Tundra are of North America, but their wintering area is right here in Central New York. They seem to enjoy the balmy zero degree temperatures that we can't stand.
These Owls prey upon mostly mice but will take any animal up to the size of a rabbit. Only weighing up to 3 pounds they spory a wing span of nearly 5 feet. They live for about 9 years and produce 2-5 young a year, nesting mainly on the ground. Females have some dark markings while the males are pure white, making this owl a female.
So if you happen to see one of our visitors from the great white north, consider yourself lucky and enjoy this rare sight.
George Adams of Liverpool.