Looking back: Snowy owls

  • A snowy owl rests on top of the roof of The Baltimore Sun building on Jan. 16, 1985.
A snowy owl rests on top of the roof of The Baltimore Sun building… (Baltimore Sun )
January 10, 2014|By Paul McCardell, The Baltimore Sun

More news came out this week that snowy owls have returned to Maryland. One was captured at BWI and released in late December. I only have found a few mentions in The Baltimore Sun since 1837 of the snowy owl, also called white owls. The Jan. 16, 1844, edition mentions numerous sightings of white owls and the capture of one for a museum. Sightings in Maryland are indeed rare. On Jan. 15, 1985, the Evening Sun ran a photo of a snowy owl that happened to land on The Sunpapers' fourth-floor roof just outside the photo department. "The bird stayed long enough to be photographed a few times. The bird's destination was not known," the story read.

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