|Snowy owls in Paulding County|
|Thursday, February 27, 2014 4:43 PM|
According to the Ohio Ornithological Society, usually rare sightings of snowy owls are on the increase in Ohio this winter. Evidence of the fact has shown up in Paulding County.
Earlier this month, these pictures of snowy owl were taken in Emerald and Paulding townships. The first was taken Feb. 11 on Road 224 outside of Cecil at the Eugene Strable residence. His daughter, Melody Hurtig, got this picture as the raptor hung out in a tree from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The second picture was taken by Mary Molitor at her mother’s home on Ohio 111 west of Paulding on the roof of an outbuilding.
Generally arctic residents, these owls are “massive” and hunt during the day. Most years their presence is found in the Lake Erie area, but this year the OOS says sightings have been made in over 40 Ohio counties. An Ohio Department of Natural Resources publication about owls states in a typical year, only a dozen snowy owls would be seen in Ohio; most would be first-year females.