Tiverton Woman Captures Stunning Photo of Snowy Owl at Sachuest Point
A Tiverton, Rhode Island woman caught a glimpse of the largest owl in North America on Thursday at Sachuset Point in Middletown while bird watching, and she was able to capture a stunning photograph.
It’s not every day you spot a snowy owl, but you may be surprised to hear that they are more common on the SouthCoast than you might think.
Oliveira has always enjoyed bird watching.
“Bird watching is always what one does when you live by the woods and rivers,” she said. “You always keep your eyes open to mother nature and the possibilities.”
Oliveira’s eyes were wide open when they fell upon a giant snowy owl perched in a tree, overlooking the point.
“When I spotted it, my face smiled because I wanted to see a snow owl so much,” said Oliveira.
She explained on Facebook how she had been looking for this owl for a couple of years, so she was overjoyed to finally catch a glimpse of the beautiful bird.
Before heading back to the Arctic Circle in May for breeding season, snowy owls can be found in New England from November to April.
According to Mass Audobon, these birds tend to look for stopping places that resemble the arctic tundra, making Logan airport a popular spot for these birds.
However, this particular bird found its way to the secluded oasis of Sachuest Point, and its massive size is clear, even from a far distance.
Mass Audobon explains how snowy owls are among the largest owls in the world, with a height of up to 28 inches and a wingspan of up to 66 inches.
Don’t worry, though, your pets are safe. Snowy owls go for small rodents and even other birds.
The SouthCoast only has about two more months to spot these beautiful birds, so keep your eyes to the sky and your cameras ready before the snowy owl heads back to the tundra.