Snowy Owl returns to Orleans County

Staff Reports Posted 17 November 2014 at 12:00 am

Photo courtesy of Henrietta Helsdon

YATES – Last winter there were numerous sightings of Snowy Owls in Orleans County. At least one has already been sighted with a new winter looming.

Henrietta Helsdon took this photo of a Snowy Owl today in the Town of Yates on Route 63 in the area known as the Shadigee.

The owl has a wingspan of five feet. It nests in the Arctic tundra and winters south through Canada. Usually there aren’t too many sightings in the United States.