I Saw Hedwig!
January 18, 2012
Smithville Lake has become quite the popular place the last few weeks because, at least, three very special birds have taken residence there for the winter. The snowy owl, an owl that calls the Arctic Tundra home has taken a winter holiday and chosen Smithville Lake as its destination. Bird enthusiast and local residents alike have come out in droves to try and catch a glimpse of these birds made famous by none other than Mr. Harry Potter.
I decided to take my dogs for a walk the other day by the lake, and as I got there, I noticed that there were 20-30 cars parked along the road and people in the grass with cameras and telescopes trying to get a glimpse. After my hike, I decided I wanted to see them too. As I was crossing the dam, I spotted the older white owl sitting on the rocks. The inner geek inside me screamed, "I see Hedwig!" Leaving my bird dogs (two black labs) in the car of course, I promptly parked my car and got out to take a look. People were arriving in droves, and there was a hushed excitement in the air. If you forgot your telescope, no problem, several people had theirs set up and were more than willing to let you take a look. It was truly amazing watching this majestic bird just sitting on the rocks swiveling its head around looking at all these crazy people, and I’m sure wondering what all the fuss was about.
If you have a chance to get out and take a look at these birds, I recommend doing so. It may be a once in a lifetime experience as they do not usually travel this far south. Experts say that the owls will probably spend the winter here and will be leaving in March, so the time to see them is limited. Take your camera if you’ve got a good lens or a telescope, and come out and see them!