Yep, blame it on the time of year. I do promise to try to be better this week.
Hubby and I were standing inside looking out at the garden beds (yes, we can actually see them now) early this morning. I was explaining why I needed the one raised bed frame we didn't get replaced last season replaced pronto this spring (long story, not very interesting) when we noticed several crows doing aerial acrobatics over the garden. Swooping, diving, soaring, etc.
Then I noticed the slight movement of a remaining clump of snow in between a couple of the beds.
Lo and behold, it was a Snowy Owl perched on the ground, and the crows were giving it a hard time. (Owl didn't seem fazed a bit.) At first we thought the owl might be injured, but it turns out that was not the case at all. I looked Snowy Owls up in one of our bird books and it said they do occasionally perch on the ground. Wonder if he saw a mouse tunneling in the snow and was waiting for it to re-emerge and become his breakfast burrito?
"You lookin' at me?"
These beauties (the owl, not the mice) are nearly two feet high and have a wing span that is quite impressive. He stayed around the area, going from one spot to another for about an hour. (Good thing our chickens aren't out and about yet.) What a beautiful bird and a treat to get to see him.