The one Snowy Owl in the Capital District it seems I haven’t seen this winter (and certainly won’t now), has died. It apparantly died last Sunday or Monday and was found on the rooftop of a building in downtown Albany near the DEC building.
According to an article in the Albany, NY Times Union, DEC Wildlife pathologist Ward Stone reports:
“It had a lot of mouth lesions, which is caused by the trichomonas parasite,” Stone explained. “It was probably acquired from eating a pigeon with a pathogenic strain.”
Just goes to show how tough a life these birds have, to travel thousands of miles south of their homes in the Arctic only to eat a bad Pigeon. I also believe the Pigeon was likely sick, thus easier for the Owl to catch (Being a young bird, it might not have been the best hunter). While the Pigeon population of Albany may be healthier today, the world has one less beautiful Snowy Owl.