Birders have been bunching at Presque Isle State Park for the past week to get a glimpse of snowy owls that have taken temporary ownership of Gull Point and some of the Lake Erie breakwalls.
Snowys are large owls, the heaviest of all owls in North America. Their migrations differ annually in numbers and destinations, and this fall snowy owls are being reported all over the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest.
At least three snowy owls have been identified at Presque Isle, two of which hung out at Gull Point most of last week, according to birders’ reports. Late in the week one was seen on a breakwall off Beach 8, and on Saturday a third owl, darker than the others, appeared on a breakwall off Beach 6. Three photographers — dressed for the weather and outfitted with top-end gear — were set up at the surf line when my wife and I arrived for a look Saturday afternoon. The owl had been on the same spot for at least five hours, according to one birder who had been there the entire time.