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Good year for snowy owl sightings, maybe

Here's a nicer article: Snowy owls invade the U.P. (with photos and map)
The snowy owl (Nyctea scandiacus, or in some sources Bubo scandiacus) generally stays too far north for American birders to see, but every few years they wander far from the Canadian north into the States. They've even been reported in southern states. The article says that a lot of them are in rough shape, starving perhaps because of too much competition due to an unusually good breeding season. Many of the travelers are immatures. The article has a map that indicates some sightings have already been made in Detroit's northeastern outer suburbs and in metro Chicago. It's a circumpolar species, so I wonder if this is happening in Europe and Asia too. I guess this is a good year to keep an eye open for big white birds.

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kenny2fl
Dec. 6th, 2011 08:08 pm (UTC)
Snowy owls
I doubt that we will see many in Florida.
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songdogmi
Dec. 6th, 2011 08:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Snowy owls
Probably not. Though I've read reports of them getting pretty far south. I want to say northern Alabama? Or Arkansas?

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songdogmi
Dec. 7th, 2011 08:01 pm (UTC)
Yeah! I hope I manage to find one this time around. We even have one at our zoo, as part of the big Arctic Ring of Life exhibit, but it has always been hiding or indisposed or something when I've been there.
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