Britton, MI seems to be the epicenter for Snowy Owl sightings in Lenawee County.
This Snowy Owl was spotted on Monday night by Russell Columbus of Tecumseh. It was sitting on a power pole along M-50 near County Line Road. On Tuesday morning Blissfield resident, Charles Owens, relocated the owl in a field off Downing Road.
I took a drive to Britton Tuesday evening and found the beautiful Snowy Owl in the same field earlier reported by Owens. Janet Kauffman of Hudson and friends were there when I arrived. She stated, ” The owl was resting, roosting, sometimes preening,” for the 2 1/2 hours she was there. “Far enough away that a scope helps, but close enough to see clearly with binoculars”.
Although this Snowy Owl is receiving a lot of attention from local birders it is not the first Snowy Owl to appear in Lenawee County recently. On January 18th Alyson and John Wielfaert spotted a Snowy Owl further north on Downing Road. Johanna Wielfaert-Lentz saw both Snowy Owls and stated the second owl was whiter with less streaking in the plumage.
As fascinating as Snowy Owls are, it is important to maintain a respectable distance. These owls have travelled long distances and are under tremendous stress. It’s best to just let them be and enjoy them from a distance. For more information about Snowy Owls see the article from Sunday’s Detroit Free Press.