Hallo Maeve (and all interested) ~
I sent your note about the Snowy Owl along to my wildlife
biologist son, and he sent a response you may find helpful. All
the best! ~ June
There is a stretch of farm fields between English Settlement Rd and
Timber Ridge Rd. on Poker Hill Rd. There are also a couple of fields
just after turning onto English Settlement Rd from Poker Hill.
Definitely worth heading up to take a look.
Snowy Owls typically hang out on the ground/snow, fence posts, dead
snags, or rooftops in or around open fields. You usually do not see
them sitting up in trees. Ground or fence posts are the most common.
Your best bet is to take your binoculars and drive along the road
stopping regularly to scan over the fields looking for a big white or
whitish brown bird. They are unmistakable once you see them, but they
do blend in pretty well against a white background. Snowy Owls are
active throughout the day, so no reason to go up there at night.