The temperatures are near 60 degrees and there is snow all over the place.
Well, make that snowy owls all over the place.Wichita photographer Bob Gress was lucky enough to get close to the famed snowy owl east of Newton. PHOTO BY BOB GRESSJust since Sunday a snowy owl has been found injured in Lawrence and another dead in Kansas City. A live bird was seen near Cabela’s in the same town, several were seen near Kirwin Reservoir and another flushed by pheasant hunters in Hodgeman County…and those are the birds I know about.
We saw one sitting atop a duck blind in Reno County Saturday morning. The funny thing is I wasn’t even surprised to see one!
Without question, though, the most popular of the 30 or so snowy owls currently spending their winter vacation in Kansas is the bird east of Newton, along the Harvey/Butler County line.
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As well as pretty, the owl has to be one of the most patient birds in the world because of all its’ visitors. People have come from as far as Topeka to see the bird and some local birders check on it several times a week.
Keep your eyes open the next time you’re heading across the Kansas countryside. These big, easily recognized birds are common enough this winter you have a decent chance of seeing one.There have been at least 30 snowy owls reported in Kansas this fall and winter. The Arctic-nesting birds normally winter above the Canadian border. PHOTO BY BOB GRESS