Snowy Owl on the Milwaukee Lakefront on October 31, 2017

A Snowy Owl was found on the Milwaukee lakefront this morning. It had caught an American Coot for something to eat and was sitting on that during the picture taking. The bird never moved from the spot while I was present. First one of the fall season reported in the area that I know of. It was a cold morning with stiff winds and little sun to warm up with. Images were taken on October 31, 2017.

Snowy Owl with the American Coot

Snowy Owl

Binomial name: Bubo scandiacus

Category: Typical Owls

Description: Adult males are mostly white with a few dark feather tips.  Adult females and juveniles are white with dark scalloping on chest, back, wings, and tail.  Yellow eyes, black beak, and feathery feet.

Size: 20”- 28” long, 49” – 59” wingspan

Weight: 3.5 lb. – 6.6 lb.

Habitat: Wide open, treeless spaces such as shorelines, lakes, open fields, and agricultural sites.

Just looking around, this bird seemed content just sitting there. Probably resting from a long flight…

The back view…

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Window to Wildlife features the photography of Jim Edlhuber. A lifelong native of Wisconsin, Jim has been photographing wildlife for 20 years. He considers himself an avid photographer and is always trying to capture nature and wildlife through his lens. He is in several photography clubs and has won numerous awards for his work. In recent years, Jim has focused mostly on birding photography and finds it to be the most challenging.

11 Responses to Snowy Owl on the Milwaukee Lakefront on October 31, 2017

  1. Nan Wisherd says:

    Congrats on seeing a snowy owl!

  2. Patsy Maga says:

    Beautiful, as always! Perfect timing….so much a part of successful birding seems to be being in the right spot, at the right moment!

  3. Genie Ogden says:

    There’s already been snow in the state, so the snowy owls are here too. Great pictures! Thank you!

  4. Carol says:

    Thanks for sharing.

  5. Frank Remfrey says:

    Great capture, Jim!

  6. Caryl Zaar says:

    Lots of lemmings seen in Manitoba late summer this year. Perhaps a precursor to another large Eruption year?

  7. Annie says:

    OMG….lucky you. So glad we will be able to see them again this winter and always a thrill to watch one , no matter how often!!!! Thanks for announcing the arrival.

  8. Joanie says:

    Awesome. Good to know we will have the privilege of seeing them around here again this year. Beautiful bird.

  9. Janne says:

    Yes, thanks for sharing! (Let the winter games begin.)

  10. Kathi L Johnson Rock says:

    Wonderful images Jim. Glad to hear they are back!

  11. Amazing! I hope I get to see one this year….as always, your photos are stunning!

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