Reports of Snowy Owl sightings are being recorded all over the US, making this winter one of the biggest Snowy Owl irruption years in recent memory.
An irruption is a dramatic increase in bird populations in places where they aren’t usually recorded. Bird irruptions are often related to lack of food in their normal range.
Snowy Owls (Bubo scandiacus) are birds of the arctic tundra, and they feed mainly on lemmings. When the supply of lemmings isn’t sufficient to meet the nutritional needs of these owls, they move south in search of food.
The Snowy Owls are so abundant this year that even non-birders are taking notice of these large beautiful birds.
As much as you’d like to get a great close-up view of a Snowy Owl, it’s very important to keep a few things in mind.
First, these owls are showing up in unusual places because of a lack of food in their tundra home. Many are starving and desperate to eat. When you get too close, you are stressing them and keeping them from feeding. Please don’t get too close to them!
If you’re a bird lover, you’ve probably heard of the Snowy Owl, one of the most distinctive and beautiful birds in the world. This majestic bird is a winter visitor to North America and a delight for birders and nature enthusiasts alike. Whether you’re an experienced birder or just looking to learn more about these fascinating creatures, here’s what you need to know about the Snowy Owl.
The Snowy Owl is a large bird, measuring up to 2 feet tall with a wingspan of over 5 feet. They are easily recognizable by their distinctive white feathers, which provide excellent camouflage against the snow-covered landscape. The Snowy Owl’s bright yellow eyes, round head, and striking appearance make it a favorite among birders and wildlife photographers.
Snowy Owls are typically found in the Arctic tundra and are well adapted to the harsh and extreme conditions of their habitat. They feed primarily on small mammals such as lemmings and voles, but they will also hunt birds, fish, and even rabbits.
One of the most exciting things about Snowy Owls is their tendency to travel south in the winter, sometimes as far south as the northern United States and Canada. These southern migrations are known as irruptions and occur when food is scarce in the Arctic. During irruptions, Snowy Owls can be seen in a variety of habitats, from urban parks to rural farmland.
If you’re interested in seeing a Snowy Owl, the best time to look is during the winter months. Keep an eye out for them in open habitats, such as fields, beaches, and airports, where they can hunt for food. Snowy Owls are also attracted to bird feeders, so if you have one in your yard, you may be lucky enough to attract one of these beautiful birds.
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I read small write up about snowy owl irruption written 06 dec 2020 here
It says that the owls are showing up due to lack of food.
Please stop spreading this myth! it is untrue.