Jim Williams has been watching birds and writing about their antics since before "Gilligan's Island" went into reruns. Join him for his unique insights, his everyday adventures and an open conversation about the birds in your back yard and beyond.

Snowy Owls

Posted by: Jim Williams under Bird sightings Updated: December 6, 2013 - 1:16 PM

A friend in Virginia emailed me yesterday about five Snowy Owls reported in his state, pretty unusual for Virginia. Also yesterday the Associated Press carried a story describing Snowies being seen in many unusual places at this early winter date, east to west. Guide book author Lillian Stokes was quoted as saying this could be a record year for sightings of that Arctic bird in the U.S. So far in Minnesota, our birding email line has carried notes of sightings in Meeker, St. Louis, and Polk counties. Perhaps a half dozen other sightings have been reported in the Dakotas. The owl below was photographed last year in South Dakota. 

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