Voyages North

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22 September 2017 | Posted in Seattle
08 September 2017 | Posted at Spencer Spit, San Juan Islands
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22 August 2016 | posted at Prideaux Haven, Desolation Sound
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08 July 2016 | Posted at Ucluelet

Snowy Owl on Shilshole Breakwater

11 November 2012 | Shilshole Marina, Seattle
Elsie Hulsizer
We were returning from a chilly weekend of sailing to Poulsbo and Port Madison, when Steve spotted an owl on the land side of the Shilshole Breakwatrer, roughly opposite G dock. I thought immediately that it might be a snowy owl but wasn't sure as I had never actually seen one before.

I was focusing my camera to get a better, second picture when a crow started dive-bombing the owl. The owl flew a short distance away and appeared to try to protect itself by hiding behind a rock.
snowy owl and crow

When we tied up in our slip we got out our bird book and identified it as a snowy owl. The blindingly white round head without obvious ears was the giveaway. Later I looked them up on the internet and learned that the black speckles mean the bird is either a young male, which will lose the black speckled feathers as it ages, or a female.

A year ago the Seattle Times reported that the northwest was having an irruption of snowy owls The owls were expected to hang around only until March so this must be a return. Looks like the irruption is repeating itself.
Vessel Name: Osprey
Vessel Make/Model: Annapolis 44 sloop
Hailing Port: Seattle
Crew: Steve and Elsie Hulsizer (author of Glaciers, Bears and Totems and Voyages to Windward)
Elsie and Steve Hulsizer have sailed northwest waters since arriving in Seattle via sailboat from Boston in 1979. [...]
2017: local cruising including South Puget Sound and San Juan Islands 2016:north up West Coast VI, across QC Sound to central BC coast 2015: trip to SE Alaska 2014: Seymour and Belize Inlets through Nakwakto Rapids 2013: SE Alaska and back. 2012: from Seattle up the west coast of Vancouver [...]
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