Searching for Snowy Owls at National Airport

Join birder Bob Ringler to search for Snowy Owls at Reagan National Airport.  Last Sunday our Meetup group had wonderful views of the bird.  Tens of thousands of these large white birds have migrated south from the Arctic and have been seen everywhere from Minnesota to Assateague Island in a phenomenon know as an irruption.

Meet at the Park & Ride just off the Baltimore Beltway (I-695) at Exit 8, Hammonds Ferry Road at 3:00 pm. The Park & Ride is just across the street from the end of the off ramp. If coming from the north on the Beltway, take Exit 8B, and the ramp leads directly to the Park & Ride. If coming from the south on the Beltway, take Exit 8 to Nursery Road, turn right onto Nursery Road, right onto Hammonds Ferry Road, and left into the Park & Ride.







We will travel from there to Gravelly Point, which is the observation area for Reagan-National Airport on the Virginia side of the Potomac River from Washington DC.

There will be very little walking once we arrive at the site.  When we find an owl, we will have at least one telescope for focusing on it.  There should be good light remaining when one is spotted. Other birdwatchers will be present. Dress for cold weather and bring food and beverage if you like, and binoculars.  Expect to stay there until sunset or later when the owls become active.

This is the ninth Snowy Owl Bob has seen this winter; most did not stay for long. These were first seen on January 5th, and at least one has been seen every evening since.

Photo credits:  Katharine Patterson (top) and Rachel Wafle-Tabacchi (bottom)















For more photos and information, visit:

http://www.projectsnowstorm.org/

Project SNOWtorm is a collaborative research effort by Project Owlnet, the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art and many independent researchers, agency and organizational partners, working together to learn more about the historic snowy owl irruption of 2013-14.

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/snowy_owl/id

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-snow-owls-20131213,0,6545575.story

 

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  • Tom H

    I am curious if any owls were sighted on this trip?

    February 10, 2014

    • Pat

      Tom- my friend who attended reports that they did see the owl yesterday.

      February 10, 2014

    • Tom H

      Thanks for the update!

      February 10, 2014

  • Diana

    sorry we cancelled when the snow started...glad those who were there got to see the owl.

    February 10, 2014

  • Bob R.

    Excellent view of the owl was obtained as it perched on objects on the airfield. The snow stopped just as we started looking for it and the weather was not a problem. I will be away next weekend. If anyone else would like to lead I could give directions. Otherwise I will be ready to go again on the 23rd.

    February 10, 2014

  • jessieb

    Unless we have confirmation there are others

    February 8, 2014

  • jessieb

    So I just talked to a ranger that said the report is that airport owl was hit buy a bus and is at that vet. So I will join you all maybe next event.

    February 8, 2014

  • jessieb

    So what's going on? Where are we meeting its along drive for me . don't want to miss people.

    February 8, 2014

    • Pat

      Jessie - my friend Art plans to come from balt area. The meeting place is the park and ride described in the meetup info.

      February 8, 2014

  • jessieb

    Anyone else coming from bmore

    February 8, 2014

  • Diana

    hi, it would be better for us to meet up at the final spot. is that possible? thanks

    February 4, 2014

  • Rachel W.

    We will be out of town.

    February 4, 2014

  • Pat

    I can't make it this week, but I RSVP'd because my friend Arthur can go. He isn't on meetup yet :)

    February 4, 2014

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