Unfortunately, the Snowy Owl that fascinated hundreds of workers in downtown Albany succumbed to a fatal parasite in early January.
The news is better for the Snowy Owls visiting the Fort Edwards grasslands area. CONSERVATION NOTE: Fort Edwards Grasslands has been identified as an Important Bird Area, which means that the site "provides essential habitat for one or more species of bird. IBAs include sites for breeding, wintering, and/or migrating birds." Much of the area is up for development and local Audubon groups are advocating for the protection of this area. Contact Southern Adirondack Audubon Society and/or the Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club for information on how you can help.
1/13/09 - Adult Snowy Owl in flight over the Ft Edward grasslands at about 4:30pm. It was on the west side of Rt 42 a bit north of the radio tower area, flying in the direction of East Road.
1/25 - Two Snowy Owls on CR42 in Fort Edward late this afternoon. One was on the roof of the house just south of the long gray/blue barn and it flew to the south and pestered the other owl which was perched on the ground in the side yard of the yellow house.
Don & Sheryl of the blog "Are We There Yet?" made a roundabout trip through Ft. Edward from Cty Rt 42, Plum Rd, Swamp Rd,Cary Rd, Fitzpatrick, Patterson and Woodard Rd, and along the river. They captured some images of a pair of snowies.
1/27 - Local nature photographer Jeff Nadler photographed this snowy sitting on the snow adjacent to the road in the grasslands.
The town of Halfmoon got in the Snowy Owl game in mid-January as well. Here are a couple reports on the Halfmoon owl.
1/16 - The owl was seen in the late afternoon in the fields around the intersection of Johnson and Staniak Roads. It appears to be an adult female.
1/18 - A Snowy Owl and at least one Short-Eared Owl were present at the intersection of Johnson and Staniak Roads near Ushers in Saratoga County.
1/20 - a blog reader reported: "There was a large snowy owl in my backyard in Halfmoon, N.Y. this morning. It had discovered the rabbits living under my deck for the winter. Unfortunately, one or two of them won't see spring..... I never saw one before. It stared at me through the window before the crows harassed it enough to have it fly a short distance away. I had to go to work, so I wasn't able to see where it flew away to or if it was able to keep it's kill.
1/21 - Viewed on a telephone pole right next to St. Luke's church on Mcbride Road. Here is a link to a few photos of the Snowy and one of the Short-eared Owls.
1/25 - Snowy Owl observed from McBride Rd. and also observed it from Johnson Rd.
1/26 - Snowy Owl observed in late afternoon on the NW corner of Staniak and Johnson on the ridgeline of the old building.
1/29 - Found the snowy on top of the power pole
in front of St. Luke's Church on McBride, off Pryun Hill in mid-afternoon.
I have to check out these birds...soon! I hope this helps if you are wondering if the birds are still around and where they have been seen. Thanks to contributors to the Hudson-Mohawk Birdline for these reports.