We have a variety of birds that call the John E. Pearce Provincial Park home. In the summer the trees are alive with the movement and sound of thousands of different birds. In the winter everything seems to be so much more quiet. However, we still see a variety of winter birds that remain active and we see them regularly here at the museum. An impressive sight for us recently has been the sighting of snowy owls in our area. We have had employees see them in bean fields surrounding the property as well as sightings close to Dutton and Ridgetown.
Snowy Owls are beautiful creatures, the males have snow white feathers speckled with black spots on their chest and wings. Female Snowy Owls have a combination of white and brown feathers. Of all owls they are the only one that is NOT nocturnal - which means awake at night. Snowy Owls are seen active during the day hunting for mice in ditches and fields. These creatures have claws that can range from 25 to 35mm long which are perfect for catching large prey which can even consist of small foxes! Due to their colouration, Snowy Owls prefer habitats with snow so that they are easily camouflaged.
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