White Season Birds: Snowy Owl

Photo of Snowy Owl

Most years, at least some Snowy Owls fly south from their arctic breeding grounds to spend the white season in New England. During irruptions, such as the one that occurred the winter of 2013-14, Snowy Owls are common in their favored habitats (coastal marshes and open country, including airports, often near saltwater). While the 2015-16 season has not been a banner year for this species (in New England), a number of these diurnal owls are around (this range map shows all eBird Snowy Owl reports for the current year). Last month, I photographed a yawning bird (see below) on a rooftop overlooking Wells Beach; the other images were taken in Biddeford Pool in previous seasons. (To view the following images in full-size, click here.)

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