As you may (or may not) know, because I'm a professor at Genesee Community College, I travel to Batavia in neighboring Genesee County pretty often. And this is the time of year we play the game "Spot the Snowy Owl."

Come on, we all have to get through winter somehow right?

I remember first spotting the snowy owl in Batavia in the winter of 2013-2014 (remember the polar vortex? The snowy owls do!). I'd consistently see one hanging out near the Batavia Airport, and they are really a gorgeous sight to see in person.

WIVB tweeted out some photos of the snowy owl spotted in Batavia today.

If you're looking to catch a glimpse of the snowy owl, The Batavian offers this advice:

"If you go out to see this winter's snowy owls or any of the other area raptors, please be courteous and safe when doing so. Respect all rules of the road and private property. If you are observing the birds with binoculars try to stay in your car to use it as a blind. If you are trying to photograph the bird, a lens over 400mm is suggested. Do not approach the bird any closer than 100 yards. If the bird is closer than 100 yards to the road it is considered OK to observe from your car. "

 

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