“There has been an unbelievable push of birds heading to the south and concentrated in the Great Lakes to Northeast and the Atlantic Coast and continuing south by the day. Two years ago we had a similar burst of Snowy Owls pour down into the U.S. but it was more uniformly spread across the upper half of the country. Many Central and Northwest areas had sizable numbers of birds while the Northeast and Atlantic Coast had fewer. Why is there such a difference in geography? We don’t know, at least not yet …”
Thus wrote Scott Kruitbosch, our former Connecticut Audubon Society colleague who left last summer to work for another former colleague, Twan Leenders, at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, in Jamestown, N.Y.
If you’re interested in a close look at the Snowy Owl numbers this year, read Scott’s post on the RTPI blog, here.
The photo above was taken by Anthony Zemba/Copyright Connecticut Audubon Society