I'm on vacation in Miami and couldn't help look out for owls while I was here. I was able to see a few Burrowing Owls at a Miami Executive Airport.
This winter Snowy Owls have been spotted along the sea coast of New York City and Long Island this winter. I love watching them from a distance. If you are interested in seeing a Snowy Owl, read up on the special care needed to watch these great birds before you go out to see one.
I was worried about this owl getting disturbed by people, but it and two other owls nearby managed to get spooked by a large four engine jet coming in low to land at JFK.
Pale Male and Octavia spent the late afternoon around Cedar Hill and the playground at 77th Street and Fifth Avenue. Pale Male was hunting halfheartedly and Octavia was keeping an eye on Pale Male. Both chased a Sharp-shinned Hawk at dusk. It was nice to get good looks at both of them, especially the shy Octavia.
Central Park was beautiful this afternoon. The snow covered trees and lawns but there wasn't enough snow to block any of the roads or paths. When I arrived a Red-tailed Hawk was chasing a small Accipiter, which I struggled to decide whether it was a Sharp-shinned Hawk or Cooper's Hawk. Later in the afternoon, Pale Male was in a tree near the 79th Street transverse.