To celebrate the arrival of April I was out birding today at Knoch Knolls Park in Naperville, Illinois, thinking about how another winter has passed with no sighting of my nemesis bird, the Snowy Owl. I had hoped to finally match this check on my brother’s bird list, closing the gap just a bit. Not many birds, really, just the occasional American Robin and Chipping Sparrow, but as I wandered my eye caught something in the few patches of snow left in the park.
I quietly edged closer to get a better look,
and I was astonished to see my first Snowy Owl!
Perhaps I was too excited because it got startled and flew away,
landing as these birds often do on a nearby post.
We stood silently regarding one another. After a few minutes of stillness, it took off again higher, giving me a final look as it flew away, surely to cooler climes.
I’m so excited to finally find a Snowy Owl, and I expect my brother to be happy that I’ve matched his check for this bird. Unbelievable luck! If I had ever thought I would see a Snowy Owl as late as April 1st, I would have thought I was fooling myself. 🙂