A snowy owl in BWD‘s hometown is gaining a lot of attention from local birders! Read about the sighting on the blog of Julie Zickefoose, an author, blogger, naturalist, and famous BWD contributor. Photo by Julie Zickefoose.
Seeing a snowy owl is a rare privilege. Enthusiastic observers and photographers should understand and remember that these birds may be stressed by hunger and long-distance travel. It is important to resist the temptation to get too close for a clearer look or better photograph.
The snowy owl, a nearly all-white bird of the far north, is difficult to confuse with anything else. Young birds and adult females are streaked with black. Older adults males are pure white. Some winters when small mammals are scarce in the far north, snowy owls head south in search of food.
Snowy owls are invading the United States in magnificent numbers, with new reports coming in daily. We’ve compiled a handy at-a-glance map to illustrate the southerly movements of these birds. You can also get in touch with your local bird club or state ornithological society to learn more about snowy owl reports in your specific region.
It’s one of the most-desired creatures in any birder’s field guide. Perhaps you’ve had the good fortune to see one of these gorgeous Arctic visitors for yourself. Despite all the fanfare, how much do you really know about these birds? We’ve thrown together a fun quiz to test your knowledge!