Snowy Owls stop by Orleans

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 1 January 2014 at 12:00 am

Kelly Dudley of Barre took this photo of a Snowy Owl on Dec. 30 down the road from her house.

Local bird watchers have been in their glory the past month with Snowy Owl sightings all over Western New York, including in Orleans County.

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, but there have been many so far this winter.

Someone also sent us a picture of the owl on top of a telephone pole on Route 63, near Route 18, just north of the village of Lyndonville.

(If you get any good photos of this owl, send them to us at