Snowy owl sightings spread

Outdoors men and women relish these times, times when animal populations skyrocket.

Sometimes these increased populations put animals where we don’t normally see and experience them.   

This time the bird in the air is 2,000 miles from its home range.  An irruption of snowy owls in Wisconsin has already reached close to 300 this winter, making this one of the best years to add another raptor to anyone’s life list.

Searching for a visiting owl that is visiting here from near the North Pole may still take all the stealth of a grouse hunt during the lowest point of their cycle.  Treks where others have seen the bird can still challenge the best of “hunters.”

Experienced outdoors men and women might be surprised, even overjoyed, or otherwise embarrassed at the talents non-hunters have when it comes to searching.

Jerry DavisThey may point out that the best time to look is anytime because these owls are diurnal, not nocturnal, like our barred or great horned owls.  Part of that comes from where they live and the duration of light and dark periods that far north.

They normally spend their time in tundras, treeless regions of the north, so that’s the kind of habitat we should be searching.  Can anyone say large expanses of agricultural fields, lakes, even airports?

Power line poles, however, have become one of Snowy Owls’ favorite perches.  And so have out high snowbanks.

Seeing white on white presents another challenge, but one, it seems, hunters and birders are willing to share.

Opportunities like this go a long ways in hunters and birders sharing the some of the same excitements of seeing nature.

Don’t forgo the change to seek out, admire and then leave alone one of North America’s largest, heaviest and most stately birds.

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