Since becoming a birder and realizing that wonders are mine to be had, I have paid attention to what was flying around in our area.
From that first "spark" downy woodpecker in my yard to my latest New Jersey Lifer, I have been paying attention. And since my introduction to birds of prey, Winter has taken on more meaning.
Ohio is not on top of the list for Snowy Owls, but we can count on one, maybe two in the cold months. I have been reading my emails from the Ohio Bird listserv every day, turning green with envy at all the Northern Ohio birders who are spotting Snowy's lately. I think there are at least four different Snowys in Ohio right now. I told myself that I wouldn't chase one until it was closer to home.
And today, one was seen about an hour from our house. Their staying power (as in they are seen for a few days, then disappear) is iffy, so I have to make a decision.
Tomorrow, I could drop off Lorelei, drive an hour, search for two hours, then drive an hour back to pick up Lorelei. (Going in the afternoon is out....tomorrow is Swami's birthday, so we must party)
So. Do I stay or do I go?
(The happiest snowy owl on the planet, I think. I don't remember where I found this, but doesn't it just make you happy, just looking at him?)