This week, Norman Smith tagged our ninth new owl of the winter, and our 43rd overall — Merrimack, an adult female that was the 31st snowy owl Norman caught and relocated this winter from Logan Airport in Boston.
Weighing a healthy 2,321g (5.1 pounds), Merrimack was named for the Merrimack River, in the tidal marshes at whose mouth she was released on Wednesday — the same place, at Salisbury Beach near Newburyport, Mass., where the male snowy Salisbury was moved in January.
This will likely be the last snowy owl we tag this winter — we’re seeing signs of increasing restlessness among our transmittered birds, and we expect they’ll start heading north very soon. But for now, Merrimack has remained close to her release point.
As usual, Ray MacDonald was on hand to photograph the release, and as usual, Ray’s images are stunning — enjoy!