SnowyOwls.com - continued
Do they talk the talk?
Yes the males will hoot. They will also bark, cackle, shriek, hiss, and snap with the beak. When mating, the male will hoot with a loud "hoo, hoo". This is to announce it's ready to mate.
The attack call is kinda like "krufff-guh-guh-guk". If stimulated, it may go "hooo-uh, hooo-uh, hooo-uh wuh-wuh-wuh" quite loudly.
Special thanks to Philip Greenspun who owns the copyright of this photo and has made his photos available.
It's mighty cold up there near the Arctic. How do they stick it?
Well it has a simple strategy. Rather than flying to stay warm, it keeps as still as possible to conserve it's energy and body heat. It is a little bit like the squirrel in that it will store some food during the Summer to eat during Winter. It is literally "chilled out".
Maybe we're not so different after all :o)
What's For Dinner
"Dear Snowy, on the menu tonight: main course is lemmings and voles. We know how you like a bit of variety so there is also mice, hares, prairie dogs, marmots, squirrels, rabbits, rats and moles.
Please note, dear Snowy, that if we are let down by our regular supplier we can also supply you with birds such as ducks, geese, shorebirds, grouse, American coots, grebes, gulls, songbirds, and Short-eared Owls.
We note, dearest Snowy, that unlike other owls, you insist on eating around the twilight hours of dusk and dawn. While we appreciate the customer is king, as most other owls are content with night time only service, there will be an extra charge for you I'm afraid. We note that this is a mere trifle too you to keep your special feeding time and thank you for your patience."