We are having an outstanding weekend here at Ocean Shores! This is our annual Winter Solstice Hatha Yoga Retreat. As with every retreat, I seem to go go go non stop until the group arrives. And then once the retreat begins, I immerse myself in this singular experience of being with this beautiful community of yogis and friends. This weekend we have been blessed with clear weather and so we bundled up and headed for Protection Point where we love to walk with the group. And that is where we saw the birders out with their fancy schmancy cameras and lenses and we knew this was no ordinary weekend at the coast. The Snowy Owls are HERE!
When we first built our house in Ocean Shores, we met an old timer, Gus, who told us that once every 7 years the great Snow Owls come from the Arctic tundra to Ocean Shores where they will hunt mice and grace our shores for a week or two! He said it was really something to see and we waited and waited and 7 years ago we saw our first Snowy Owls, two of them! Today they are back! We counted 6 of them. The birders we met said denied that they come out every 7 years. They said the owls fly to this area when they are short on lemmings (rodents) and that the food shortage can occur at any time and not necessarily every 7 years. Regardless, I will continue to trust Gus’ old time wisdom and believe that the owls come to visit every 7 years!
Here they are! Rick took these photos:
We feel so lucky that we were able to see the owls today! What a treat! Off to teach our afternoon yoga session…
King 5 did a news coverage of the snowy owls in Ocean Shores today: http://www.king5.com/your-news/134654373.html