AS I HAD PREDICTED on Friday (in my Snowy Owl Alert), the Arctic came visiting this past weekend. Snowy Owls turned up in good numbers from the Northeast to the Midwest.
Update – November 19: For “complete coverage” of Snowy Owl migration this fall, visit my brand new Snowy Owl Scoop.
I’m not sure we had expected a big “irruptive” year for Snowy Owls. And we normally see owls on the move in mid November. In any event, I’m expecting more reports as birders get outside this weekend.
For my Vermont readers, at least two Snowy Owls are being seen with some regularity: one at the Vermont Technical College farm in Randolph Center and another on the Colchester Causeway out on Lake Champlain. Eddy Edwards found a third Vermont Snowy, at Maquam Bay, west of Swanton, on November 15.
Here’s an eBird map of all Snowy Owl sightings since November 1.
While birding on the Maine coast, my pal Josh Lincoln and I encountered two Snowy Owls last weekend: one on Saturday on Beach Island in Biddeford (scoped from Ocean Avenue) and another (chased off by a mob of American Crows) at Dyer Point in Cape Elizabeth on Sunday. (We didn’t get close photos, which is why you’re seeing, above, a Snowy Owl from East Montpelier in 2014.)
Below is Josh (and my vacated scope) at Dyer Point at dawn on Sunday. The seabird watching was great; more on that in another post this week. And below Josh is his photo of the Snowy Out on Beach Island — a classic November scene.