Two, rare snowy owls have taken up residence in a field behind the new hospital in the west end of St. Catharines.
The presence of the birds has attracted many curious observers and photographers to the area. They lined a back road Saturday morning as one of the owls hopped about in the snow-covered land, seemingly oblivious to its admirers about 100 metres away. The second owl was spotted sitting on the roof of a nearby barn.
The owl closest to the road has been identified as an adult male because of its brilliant, white feathers that stand out even against the dusting of snow covering the field.
The Snowy Owl is typically found in the northern regions, but is know to be a nomadic bird. It nests on the ground, often on top of mounds or boulders.