Mrs. WC and WC were pleased to host a couple of special guests over the Seward’s Day weekend. Ghost, a Snowy Owl, and Gandalf, a Great Gray Owl, stayed here while doing a series of educational presentations across Fairbanks.
The photo shows an interesting feature of owls: their pupils can be different sizes, depending on the amount of light reaching each eye. In a human, it would be a sign of trauma. In birds, it is perfectly normal.
Ghost is particularly handsome, a fully mature male, almost completely white. You can see the adaptations for the colder environment, including the heavy feathering over the bill.
These visitors spent a little time out on the deck, enjoying the fresh air and sunshine. They attracted the attention of the neighborhood Gray Jays, who were deeply unhappy about two predators on their territory.
But, apart from those disgruntled corvids, everyone else seemed to the visit. WC certainly did. WC extends his thanks to Dave Dorsey and Bird TLC.