My husband and I started this year out the same way we have for the last couple of years - hitting the birding hotspots in Florida. The upgraded website ebird.org is an absolute must for any birder. We always hit their site before we take off to see what we might spot. I had been hearing about Snowy Owl spottings recently in Florida at Little Talbot Island. According to bioligist with Cornnel, this could be the largest migration south for these birds in the last thirty years. We may never get another opportunity, so we decided to see if we could spot one. We got there right as the park was opening, and went straight to the dunes identified on ebird as the site of the sightings and sure enough - we sited it!! Very exciting! Okay, you get the picutre. We shared the dunes with several other early morning photographers - all of us staying well back from the owl to ensure she wasn't disturbed. After that, we took a few more shots of others shore birds, then decided to hit Ft. Clinch State Park, Once again, we hit the bird jackpot - someone had seen a Harlequin Duck which was another species we'd never seen. We did manage to spot it with the help of a very nice fella with a scope, but it was too far away for the shots to show anything. I did manage though to capture a Black Scoter - again a new species for me.