This past Saturday, after about a year or two of casually keeping my eyes peeled to the dunes, I finally found the ever elusive snowy owl. Beyond happy. Based on my research, this is most likely a young female snowy owl, though I could be wrong.
I came across the owl after driving onto the beach on the East End of Long Island, NY. The owl took a long diving swoop as I was driving on the beach. I knew almost immediately that it wasn't a seagull. Such an exciting moment.