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Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl

Sam Waller wrote in his Bird Records that this specimen was: “found in a snow bank under a Hydro pole. It is not known how long it had lain there.  Possibly electrocuted. No signs of breeding condition so difficult to sex positively.”

This specimen is covered by a very thick white plumage of feathers.  The toes are completely concealed and the beak partly concealed by white feathers.  Some feathers on the wings and the breast have brown tips. This dense coat of feathers serves as protection against the cold temperatures of their arctic environment.

Added: March, 2010

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