Snowy Owl Gloucester Massachusetts ©Kim Smith 2015So many thanks to Joey and Tom Ring for the wonderful tip. The Snowy is gorgeous!!! My right arm is a little unsteady with robo-cast but still managed to get a few moments. Notice how the Snowy Owl rotates its head, giving him nearly a 360 degree viewing vantage. The crows and a hawk* were noisily dive-bombing the Snowy, but he held his ground. I hope we see him again soon.

*Chris Anderson reports that the perching and diving bird is a Peregrine Falcon.

Snowy Owl Captain Joe and Sons ©Kim Smith 2015


  1. Please remember to keep your distance from these amazing animals.
    Most are here because they are desperately trying to survive.
    They are diurnal hunters and rely on not being seen.
    Please keep away and use your zoom lense.

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  2. Awesome! She’s magnificent! The females have those light brown feathers to camouflage them on the nests. The males are pure white. (I’m so smart because I saw a PBS on snowy owls a few days ago.) I don’t usually watch nature vids but these birds drew me right in so I’m THRILLED to see one so near.Thank you very much!

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    1. I love that movie too! Snowies are one of those birds that draw people in, whether or not you are a “birder”.

      Adult male Snowy Owls are nearly all white while the adult females have more barring although, the most lightly barred female and the most heavily barred male will look very similar. That being said, what we most likely are seeing in our community are juvenile males, which look very similar to the females at this stage of development.

      It is believed that about fifty percent of Snowies migrate to Canada during the winter and about 24 percent to the U.S. The juvenile males travel the furthest because they are the lightest in weight as both juveniles and and as adults. As we are the in the “further away” range, I think it is reasonable to assume that most of the Snowies we are seeing on Cape Ann and Plum Island are juvenile males.

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  3. Excellent! Why do other birds take objection to the owl? Is it a territorial thing? I few weeks ago one of those falcons chased a pigeon into the window directly behind my living room couch at ground level. I looked out after the commotion to see the falcon sitting on top of the pigeon then later feasting on it.

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  4. Oh Kim. Thanks for this wonderful New Year’s gift. Fabulous video – such a magnificent and spiritual animal (at least I think so). Thank you for all the wondrous videos, photos and information you share with us all the time. You are the best.


    1. Terry I don’t know what to say other than thank you for your kindest of words. I am grateful that we live in such an inspiringly beautiful place. Happiest of New Years to you and yours.


  5. This is what happens when we kept cutting down the wood , trees were there homes ! They are beautiful, but we need to stop cutting down the “WOODS”


    1. Hi Joanne, The Arctic tundra is a vast treeless landscape. It is too cold for trees to grow there and the ground is covered by a thin layer of permafrost. Only grasses and some mosses can grow in the tundra. Snowies find a familiar terrain in our sandy beaches and dunes.


  6. BEEEAutiful!!!! I wonder if this Snowy owl is a mom or dad maybe with a next nearby and thus shooing away that other bird ohhhh? Cuz this Snowy owl has been seen before there I thought.
    Thank you for this video beautiful huge talons on this one too as he/she flew off


    1. Hi Sarah,
      Thanks for writing. I thought its feet and talons huge too!
      Snowies don’t breed in our region; they build their nests and raise their young in the Arctic tundra during the summer months.
      Most likely, what we see in our region are juvenile male Snowy Owls because they are the lightest in weight and can therefore travel the furthest. It is thought that about 75 percent of Snowies migrate south for the winter. Roughly fifty percent migrate to Canada and another twenty five percent continue further to the United States. Juvenile male and female Snowies look very similar. The males don’t gain their nearly all white plumage until the second year.
      The Peregrine Falcon that was threatening the Snowy was probably trying to guard its food territory. Mark Ring, Captain of the lobster boat The Stanley Thomas, reports that their are many small sparrows feeding around the lobster traps. The falcons eat sparrows, as do the Snowies.


      1. Thank you for the wonderful response Kim. I see I did a typo yes I meant type nest of course… Interesting bit of information on this.

        Thank you so much



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