Snowy Owl and Other Birds

we saw on the Dungeness Spit

Thanksgiving 2012
When snowy owls migrate south in the winter, it is because food is scarce and they are starved. They are not well equipped to
survive in our environment, so they should not be stressed by coming close. In our case, we were never very close to these owls
and we respected the boundary lines established by Fish and Wildlife on the Dungeness Spit.

We arrived at the Dungeness Lighthouse on Sunday night after dark. We set our alarm for early Monday morning. When we
walked outside, the first light of daylight was just beginning to show.. We saw no owl, so we proceeded to take pictures of the
sunrise and then walked slowly along the spit. After close to a mile, Jackie spotted this snowy owl on the other side of the spit near
the water..
We watched as the owl slowly
and regularly turned its head
360 degrees.

As we watched him for 30
minutes or more, he moved
positions a couple times.

We got these pictures with a
super long telephoto lens. We
returned to mile four again in
the mid day and that evening
and this owl remained in the
same location all day.
Tuesday was more cloudy. We
did find this owl at the crack of
dawn at the boat ramp area by
the lighthouse. Shortly he flew
behind some logs and we did
not see him again.
Like the day before, we continued our walk down the spit, but this time we continued to the place where the Dungeness Spit
intersects with Graveyard Spit where we saw this small owl at quite a distance. This owl was being attacked by five crows.
Ultimately the owl prevailed against the five crows and he was left in peace.

There were lots of ducks in the area as can be seen in this picture we took Sunday evening at the Dungeness River delta before
going to the Lighthouse.
We saw many loons on Monday morning along the Dungeness Spit.
Of course there were lots of gulls.
I was amazed at the large flocks of cormorants.