They're back. Snowy Owls.

Started Nov 2, 2015 | Discussions thread
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Re: They're back. Snowy Owls.

pixelsmithy wrote:

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.

Thanks. Sorry for the late response. Unfortunately for the owls they do not have much choice but to move southward to find food and for survival. I was following the blogs on the Project Snowstorm site and a number of the early arrivals this fall have been found to be in a weakened state. They compared that to previous winters where owls arrived in a more healthier condition.  The numbers being reported here in eastern Ontario are still higher than a normal winter but nit in the numbers seen for the last 2 winters.

http://www.projectsnowstorm.org/blog-posts/

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