A few weeks ago we had a short family visit to Plum Island hoping, perhaps, to enjoy a sample of the large numbers of Snowy Owls being reported there and elsewhere along the Atlantic Coast. In the event, we had no trouble at all in finding Snowies with two birds visible from the first parking lot almost as soon as we arrived. We went on to see a further three or four, though none were especially close. We had no such problem with this beautiful juvenile Northern Harrier which seemed oblivious to our presence as it hunted at close quarters near the parking lot at Sandy Point.
All images from Plum Island, Essex Co., MA. December 8th, 2013.