The better half and I love owls (I bought us an owl-themed calendar for 2014), so we were excited to listen to “Coastal Connections” on WAMU this morning.
Snowy owls, the largest in North America, are making the news. They are leaving their habitats way up north for warmer climes, and have been seen in southern Maryland.
…the large, charismatic birds have been spotted up and down the coast in recent weeks. Now scientists are working to tag the birds with transmitters, which will allow them to track their movements and better understand the species. Bryan Russo talks with a biologist and an environmental educator involved in the efforts, dubbed "Project SNOWstorm."
As we were sitting at the kitchen table talking about all this, a thought popped in my mind. “Fly By Night,” Rush’s second album,and first with Neil, has an image of a large owl on it. Could there be some link to the snowy owl?
Sure enough, Eric at PowerWindows has the story.
One of the first lyrics I submitted to Alex and Geddy was “Fly by Night” and when the time came to make our first album together, we decided it was a good title. As a bird lover since childhood, I remember an illustration of a snowy owl swooping down toward the viewer with fierce eyes and I suggested an image like that for the cover…