Snowy Owl


(Bubo scandiacus - formerly Nyctea scandiaca)

Snowy Owl breeds on the arctic tundra, but in the late fall migrates as far south as the northern tier of the lower forty-eight, especially in years when lemmings are in short supply.  When it finds a spot with a suitable food supply, it may remain there for the winter. Unlike other owls, it is often seen sitting completely exposed in a wide open area, such as a rocky shore or jetty, an expansive field, or an airport.

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