Sunday, March 09, 2014

Who, Whom

I know he (or she) is difficult to see...but that's the snowy owl perched on the top of a sand dune. So at least one of these fascinating creatures is still patrolling our beaches. The picture was taken with my smart phone about a week ago.

A few days after I took this photo I had a discussion with a neighbor about grammar. She then sent me this Sandra Boynton owl cartoon. Enjoy!

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter documents the day telephones came to the island. The article includes images of Ocracoke's first telephone directory which lists a total of 63 subscribers. You can read the Newsletter here:


  1. Anonymous7:50 AM

    Now that's the way to start the day! :-)

  2. Anonymous9:34 AM

    the adult male snowy owl is virtually all white. has any one on OI heard the call? Are there recordings of the bird sounds on your island,perhaps gathered by university students for an ornithology study? a calliope hummingbird was spotted, banded and released recently in North central Florida. made headlines.

    1. Anonymous10:40 AM

      You use to take great pictures with your camera.everyone has a smart phone camera,mine is 11mp..but still when I serious I use my camera. They are bulky but great. You have a blog.A good reporter/journalist is always prepared......ha...still,a good surprise shot..

    2. Anonymous9:05 AM

      Anon 10:40 Relax. Honestly, If I were actually standing there in person with out a 35mm camera or a cell phone camera that is just about all I would see too, a bump on the sand dune. However I would also have goosebumps too with the knowledge I saw a phenomena.And to think we have lemmings to thank, which beg the question, why so many lemmings in Quebec??

  3. Anonymous2:43 PM

    The latest issue of Bird Watching (formerly Birder's World) said that the largest irruption of snowy owls in the Northeast and Great Lakes regions in 40 or 50 years occurred this winter! They were seen as far south as Florida! (Now, those are some smart birds!) They believe that a bumper crop of lemmings in northern Quebec last summer enabled more young owls than usual to fledge.

    1. Anonymous8:58 AM

      Awesome, this comment scooped NPR this morning with that news. However, one was able to hear the chirping of the female snowy owl as she was fitted with a transmitter to collect data of her travels.Perhaps your readers can find the audio package on the Morning Edition web site. Good Luck.


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