Photo: Snowy Owls in Arkansas

I’ve always wanted to see a Snowy Owl. It was the #1 bird on my birds-to-see list. I finally got the chance earlier this month. A pair of Snowy Owls visited a farm in Northeast Arkansas. During my visit, the pair were in different fields separated by a county road. I could see both where I was parked, although one was further from the road than the other.

Snowy Owls are the largest North American owl by weight. According to allaboutbirds.org, they spend summers far north of the Arctic Circle. Some might migrate in the winter to southern Canada and the very northern parts of the United States.

One neat fact about the Snowy Owl is that, unlike most owls, they hunt at all hours, according to All About Birds. I saw the pair mid-afternoon. They were extremely skittish, but below are a few more photos.

Izzie

Izzie passed away about two weeks ago. My parents surprised me with Izzie in 2007 – just weeks after I returned home from studying abroad. For nearly 15 years, she has been the best companion. It’s odd to come home now and not be greeted by her. She was loyal, feisty and playful. She loved her treats, toys and being near me and others she loved. She will always be missed.