Although not as large as Whooping cranes, Snowy owls illicit similar responses such as “oh wow” and “spectacular” when spotted.
The past couple of winters have brought an influx of these smaller, beautiful feathered beings and this winter seems no different.
Wisconsin DNR is reporting as of January 16, an estimated 240 Snowy Owls have been found in 65 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties since the first arrived on October 20. The only counties lacking reports include Buffalo, Florence, Forest, Lafayette, Menominee, Walworth, and Waupaca.
Have you seen an owl in one of these counties, or elsewhere, this year? Please take a few minutes to report your sighting at: www.ebird.org/wi
The following video was taken last week and shows a Snowy owl floating along lazily in Lake Ontario. I know, not Wisconsin but I thought timely and topical nonetheless. Thanks to Betsy Waterman, Sandy Creek, NY for posting!