A snowy owl that somehow got into the O'Neill Tunnel fared little better than Larry the Turkey: Mass. Environmental Police report the bird was scooped up near the Government Center exit yesterday and rushed to the Tufts wildlife clinic in Grafton for treatment. The Globe reports the bird died.
Good Morning Gloucester has some cool snowy-owl photos.
Meaghan Sinclair spotted this snowy owl in her Somerville neighborhood today.
This has proven to be an "irruption" season for the owls - in which the population of lemmings on which they normally feed exploded, leading to more owl hatchlings - and lots of owls flying south in search of food. Good Morning Gloucester has been following the exploits of a pair of snowy owls there.
The MBTA reports workers teamed up to help a dazed owl that butted heads with a trolley in Brookline last night.
The bird somehow came into contact with a Riverside Line trolley around 11:25 p.m. in Brookline Village, the T reports. Driver Hoa Tran got out, carried the bird off the tracks and to a bench at the station and radioed in for help. Read more.
Eileen Murphy recently spotted this snowy owl that seems to have taken up residence at Castle Island. She reports it seemed to be eyeing her small dog as a snack.
HBP posts photos of a great horned owlet in Forest Hills Cemetery.
Edward Zarrow reports that the owl that likes to perch in a tree hollow at Weld and Maple streets in West Roxbury didn't even flinch today as the snow fell on him or her.
Roving UHub photographer Edward Zarrow reports this screech owl has been quietly observing the comings and goings of the 51 bus and its riders today at Weld and Maple streets in West Roxbury.
Look what they rescued from behind a fireplace in Randolph today.
Good Morning Gloucester posts a nice photo of a snowy owl, with a sad coda:
I took this photo yesterday in Rockport – Magnificent creature! By this morning, he had died in the same place – just tragic! The Animal Control Officer who came to collect him said often owls ingest rodents that have been poisoned – please ask your readers to re-think using poison.
Because some of them were recordings.
Sarita reports on a pre-dawn birding count in Jamaica Plain that involved cranking up a loudspeaker playing "screech owl trills" to try to attract the birds:
Or maybe we're just noticing these stealthier predators after years of paying attention to their flashier, daytimier cousins, the hawks. The above is not some impressionist painting of what an owl might look like, but an impressionist-like photo of an owl in a tree near Sullivan Square in Somerville on Saturday night, taken by Bill Ritchotte. "Hedwig?" he asks.