YOU SAW WHAT IN FLORIDA ??!?!?!

I guess you’d call me a “snowbird”.

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Snowbirds are a dime a dozen. We migrate here for the warm weather during winter months. Away from those places where the mercury sits uncomfortably below zero. (If you’re there now, it’s mind-walloping, I know.)

keep-calm-and-love-florida-1I think Florida is stellar. I hope Florida feels that way about me.  But I am far from The Center Of Attention. This winter, all eyes are focused on a double-take worthy newcomer with epic talons.

Bubo scandiacus is tipping the scale of credibility. A snowbird of the authentic nature, it’s jaw-droppingly far from its usual Arctic haunts.

Birders are giddy over this rare snowy owl sighting during this year’s largest migration of snowy owls to the United States in decades.

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This is no wild goose chase. The owl is here, on Little Talbot Island, one of the few remaining undeveloped barrier islands in northeast Florida. And what a standout it is, a mirage made real, among the gopher tortoises, snakes, wading birds, river otters and marsh rabbits. 

RIP, Hedwig, the most famous snowy owl of all. And thank you, John Williams, for a haunting theme …and one of the most popular ring tones in the world.

Were you lucky enough to see a snowy owl this year?

Toni 2/26/14

YOU SAW WHAT IN FLORIDA?!?!?

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