Snowy Owls

December 19

There has been an irruption of Snowy Owls this winter. There have already been over 200 different sightings of Snowy Owls across the northern Lower 48 states. Snowy Owls rarely venture south of the Canadian border but every 6-7 years they come farther south. Some speculate it is due to food shortages in it’s normal Arctic range.

Snowy Owl Sightings
Snowy Owl – Recent Observations

While visiting friends in Portland recently, a Snowy Owl was discovered in a field in a small Mennonite retirement community. I rushed down there that afternoon to photograph the extremely cooperative bird. It was quite amusing watching the sheep in the field walk up to the Owl trying to figure out what the heck he was doing there. There were a couple of stand-off situations with the curious sheep but the Snowy Owl did not look amused at all.

Snowy Owl
Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl
Snowy Owl


Posted by on December 19, 2011 in Photography Adventures


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2 responses to “Snowy Owls

  1. Jasmin

    December 25, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Is it just me or are are snowy owls everywhere at the moment ? I didn’t know they move further south every 6-7 years. There main food source is lemmings right ? Maybe the lemmings have a breeding cycle that sees a decrease in offspring every 6-7 years leaving snowy owls “out in the cold” ?

  2. Debra Kloss

    May 28, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Have repeatedly seen a snowy fly by my house in West Sacramento. Three of us together saw it last night.


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