They're back. Snowy Owls.

Started Nov 2, 2015 | Discussions thread
pixelsmithy Contributing Member • Posts: 540
Re: They're back. Snowy Owls.

Super nice catch!

Believe it or not, I nabbed three different snowy owls in the Kearney, Nebraska area back in the big irruption of winter 13/14 (and saw another that was road kill some 20 miles east of Kearney). Sounds like numbers & sightings this year are even ahead of that year.

http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/snowy1015/

Map of eBird-reported sightings so far this year:
http://ebird.org/ebird/map/snoowl1?neg=true&env.minX=-120.45284022215424&env.minY=24.276416241940016&env.maxX=-51.01924647215424&env.maxY=53.61167420741906&zh=true&gp=true&ev=Z&mr=on&bmo=9&emo=10&yr=cur

Sadly, irruptions are bad news for the birds because many are not in good physical condition after travelling so far from their native hunting grounds seeking food. But sightings are still a rare treat for photographers.

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