SNOWY OWL dodging dive-bombing crows at Caissie Cape

A heavily-barred immature Snowy Owl dodges dive-bombing American Crows near the wharf at Caissie Cape, Kent County, around noon today (26 Nov 2013). The owl eventually took off with the crows in pursuit and flew south down the coast toward Grande-Digue.

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Comment by Donna George on December 15, 2013 at 10:40pm

Outstanding!  I hope he is ok!

Comment by Anne Assaff on December 2, 2013 at 8:33pm

Great news and great photos!

Comment by Stuart Tingley on December 2, 2013 at 8:26pm

Anne: Bruce Mactavish, John Wells and Ken Knowles carefully counted a total of 138 Snowy Owls yesterday on the Cape Race Road and the St. Shotts Road on the southern Avalon Peninsula in Newfoundland. These numbers are unprecedented!

Comment by Jimmy Dee on December 2, 2013 at 7:54pm

WOW is right! Quite a collection Stu. Great images! hmmmmm?

Comment by Anne Marsch on December 2, 2013 at 7:43pm

That is an amazing report of what you guys found! WOW. We could have said it was a Snowy day but it was raining ha. Do you have any news as to these owls being in Nfld still? 

Comment by Stuart Tingley on December 2, 2013 at 7:13pm

Jimmy and others looking for a Snowy Owl: Better make tracks back down to the Shediac to Cape Tormentine area. I was birding in tandem with Norm and Gilles B., Rose-Alma M. and Cecile Leger today and we started off with two Snowy Owls atop the outer breakwater at the Point-du-Chene wharf in Shediac (9:45am; one is just peeking over the rocks on the left):

Further east in early afternoon we had this bird at the Petit-Cap wharf outer breakwater:

Another kilometer or two further east and there were THREE Snowy Owls at the Petit-Cap dune at the end of Ch. de l'Isle (one atop a tree at the start of the beach and two together on the beach near the tip of the dune):

At this point I took my dog for a long walk on the beach and Norm and the others continued on to Cape Tormentine where they report seeing an additional FOUR Snowy Owls at the wharf at the end of the afternoon!

Comment by Jimmy Dee on November 30, 2013 at 1:07pm

David I'm surprised you didn't see one in Waterside as I didn't go there. Not really a good idea to go owl hunting the same day I do in the same area as they know I'm coming. I checked all through Tantramar, Baie Verte (beautiful spot), Port Elgin ... along the coast to Cape Tormentine ... then along the coast to ALMOST the place where Stu saw the last one. Was getting late so I headed home.

Comment by David g Miller on November 30, 2013 at 11:41am

Jimmy I also went looking in that area then on to Cocgane, Grand Digue, Shediac to Shepody Marsh then to Waterside and looking at the likely spots but seen no Snowy Owls but still picked up two new lifers with info given on one of those by other birders (Harris's Sparrow) and Horned Lark that I got at Shepody Marsh

Comment by Jimmy Dee on November 30, 2013 at 8:25am

Love those pics Stu! Nice sightings! I was in that area yesterday ... well close ... but no owls for me :(

Comment by Joanne Savage on November 29, 2013 at 9:46pm

Seems like we're in for a Snowy Owl winter, Stu. Thank you for sharing; I really enjoy Snowy Owls but could you find a Great Gray somewhere not overly far from me and within a period of good weather and road conditions?

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