Change Is Hard

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Searching for Snowy


Have you ever seen a snowy owl in person? Me either. But I’ve seen plenty of them, particularly this winter, on a Facebook group of Michigan birders. So last Friday, a college friend and I headed up to the thumb of Michigan where we thought we’d have a good chance of finding one.

You’d think there’s be an owl sitting up on that ridge line.

It was a cold and grey day and the sky was a dead uninteresting color. Not a day I’d go out looking for photographs, but we were attempting to beat the snow headed our way.

Such a chilly, dreary day.

We hadn’t seen each other in awhile and the first part of the trip was filled with lots of talking and catching up. And then, as we drove through farm country, I remembered we were supposed to be watching for owls. Big white owls.

I don’t know what this green cover crop is, but it reminded me spring will arrive eventually.

My friend knows more about the birds than I do and she reminded me they would likely be sitting on a fence post, or a building or even in an open field, but not so much in the trees I was scanning.

Barns and windmills dot the landscape.

We drove around a whole lot of country blocks but no owls were to be found. We even drove over to Midland, since we weren’t so far away, and checked out the Overlook Park where I’d seen eagles a few weeks before. No eagles. No pelicans. Nothing but a few deer.

Deer adapt to just about anything.

So, mission not accomplished. But we had fun exploring and talking and laughing. So in the end it was a successful adventure, as adventures go.

So do geese.

And, if you want to see a snowy owl or two, head on over to Trent’s blog where he had an encounter last weekend. His images are outstanding!

Not a single big bird of any type was found that day.

As for us? We’ll keep our eyes open, scanning those rooftops. You never know, right? Some day, somewhere we’ll see a snowy owl. Or an eagle or pelican. Or something else exciting.

I guarantee it.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

25 thoughts on “Searching for Snowy

  1. I thought you saw Sandhill cranes. They’re big.


  2. You always manage to take very pretty photos, Dawn. And those ‘industrial’ photos are so wonderful. Trent’s white owl photos are beautiful–I hope you get to see one soon.


  3. We need to start a fund to send you to Europe to take barn pics.

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  4. Jim and I made a similar trek to the thumb last winter for the same “prize”. We struck out too. But a birding acquaintance had mercy on me and pinpointed a location so I did see my first before they all headed back north.
    Last weekend I followed a report on Ebird and found one waaaaaay out in a field, but it still counts in my mind!
    Keep trying. There seem to be lots this winter. Ebird is your friend.


  5. How many snowy owls are in Michigan in winter depends on their feeding opportunities farther north.

    We did see a hawk on top of a car in a parking lot this morning in Willcox, Az. Unfortunately, I only had my phone, not my camera, and couldn’t get a decent photograph.


  6. I know you didn’t get to see an owl but I’m loving the barn pics!


  7. What an adventure! Hopefully you will spot one soon. Did you get anywhere near Yale or Sandusky?


  8. I wondered if one ever had been spotted here in Texas, and the answer is — yes! One! When I went looking, I discovered one had shown up at (wait for it…) the Discount Tire place in Odessa.
    Here’s the article. If one could show up there, surely yours will show itself soon!


  9. Good luck! But, sounds as though you had a wonderful time.


  10. Maybe not a successful excursion for photography, but it sounds successful for having a good time with your friend 🙂 One of my sisters went to school in Midland for two years back in the dark ages. I do remember that it is a small industrial city.


  11. I have seen other owls but not a Snowy Owl in person! Your barn photos are awesome, maybe next time:)


  12. Never seen a snowy owl, but would like to. I wonder if that crop is soybeans? Or the beginning of winter wheat? No matter, it makes for a pretty photo.


  13. I’m sorry you missed spotting a snowy owl (I’ve never seen a real one either), but I’m glad you were able to have a good reunion with your friend. Your gray skies look very much like what we’ve been having too much of … and boy, am I tired of mud in the house!!


  14. I loved that soft light and the soft photos. Ok, yes, I would have loved a shot of a snowy owl even more, but I loved your photos, so peaceful.


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