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The mysterious owls of winter

January 31, 2009
Dick Miga

While sitting in my living room a few weeks ago, I heard a strange, but, yet familiar sound from above on the roof. I immediately looked out the back door to find a rare Great Gray Owl peering over the side of the eaves at me. I wondered how this bird knew enough to pick my roof as a landing place, given the fact that I would be one of a few residents to make such an issue of it. The bird did not remain long enough for me to get my camera and photograph it, however, later the next day I received a phone call from Phyllis Knight of Dunkirk who said she and her husband Richard, who are also observant nature watchers, had just sighted one in their yard and did manage to get a photo that she was going to have developed to send to me.



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