Trip to See a Snowy Owl

This photo, taken by A. J. Hand, a terrific bird photographer friend on ours, show the young owl, just after eating.

This photo, taken by A. J. Hand, a terrific bird photographer friend on ours, show the young owl, just after eating.

Snowy Owls have had one their largest irruptions in recent memory this past winter.  All my birding friends had seen them, but for one (ridiculous) reason or another, I had not gotten out there at the right time, and I knew time was running out.  Soon they’ll be returning to their breeding grounds in the Arctic and we may not have another chance to see them for several years.  I’ve heard varied opinions as to why they are so plentiful here in the U.S. this year.   The most prevalent seems to be that there was an abundance of Lemmings (their normal prey) and that led to a very successful nesting season.  It is thought that all these juvenile birds were forced to come south to find winter territories and so have populated open “tundra like” spaces such as airports and beaches.

A week ago I saw an eBird report that a Snowy had been seen in a location about 50 miles away and a friend and I drove up there.  Success!  Not close views but good scope views, despite the light rain.

Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl (My pathetic picture!)

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