Snowy owls return to Windsor, Ont.

Snowy owls are back in Windsor, Ont. Loyal CBC audience member Mel Diotte snapped these shots of some of them currently roosting in the city and surrounding area.
Snowy owls are back in Windsor. Loyal CBC audience member Mel Diotte snapped these shots of some in Windsor. (Mel Diotte/Mel Diotte Photography)

Photographer Mel Diotte of Mel Diotte Photography in Windsor, Ont., said he's spotted at least three different snowy owls in the city and surrounding area so far this season.

Here's a sampling:

For the last two years, snowy have owls flocked to Windsor. It seems they're back again in 2015.

Although snowy owls do fly south for the winter, they normally don't make it past the Great Lakes region in large numbers.

Snowy owls are large birds and are a hazard to aircraft. In Windsor, airport authorities capture the birds, tag them and then release them at least 50 km away from the airport.

Photographer Mel Diotte doesn't like to say where, specifically, he takes photos of snowy owls in Windsor because he says 'hundreds of people flock to the site,' scaring the bird.


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