Here’s a nicer article: Snowy owls invade the U.P. (with photos and map)
The snowy owl (Nyctea scandiacus, or in some sources Bubo scandiacus) generally stays too far north for American birders to see, but every few years they wander far from the Canadian north into the States. They’ve even been reported in southern states. The article says that a lot of them are in rough shape, starving perhaps because of too much competition due to an unusually good breeding season. Many of the travelers are immatures. The article has a map that indicates some sightings have already been made in Detroit’s northeastern outer suburbs and in metro Chicago. It’s a circumpolar species, so I wonder if this is happening in Europe and Asia too. I guess this is a good year to keep an eye open for big white birds.
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