Ever since I posted my first photos of the snowy owl on Winery Hill, people have been alerting me to snowy owls at various points around the Old Mission Peninsula. I jump in my car and drive to the sightings, but so far, no luck. (If you see one, feel free to text me at (231) 590-4715 – include your name so I know who you are!).
Until last night, that is. I was driving up to the Planning Commission meeting at the Township Hall and scanning the telephone poles along Blue Water Road. My friend, Darlene Pope, had mentioned that she’d seen a snowy owl along there several times, usually around 5 to 6 p.m.
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I was on my way to the meeting around 6:45 p.m., and dutifully eyeing the telephone poles when I saw a blob of something just east of Nancy Heller’s house – between her house and Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery. Sure enough, a closer look revealed that it was a beautiful snowy owl, his furry face pointing west into the sunset.
I pulled the car over and got out to take some pictures. Even though I traversed a patch of snow and walked right up to him underneath the pole, he never moved, just staring down at me and scanning the landscape for dinner.
Thank you, Darlene, for alerting me to this beautiful bird!