Are we on the verge of a Snowy Owl irruption?

Drew WebereBird, General News and Info, Rarities5 Comments

It looks like Snowy Owls are on the move this winter. With the widespread adoption of eBird, we now have an easy way to keep track of this phenomenon in a way that was previously difficult to impossible. Below I have posted the maps of the range and locations of sightings in both 2010 and 2011 over the months of Oct-Dec. It definitely looks like a better year than last. Will we see some Snowy Owls showing up over the next couple of weeks during CBC season? What do you think?

Snowy Owl - juvenile male at Merrill Creek Reservoir (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

  • I hope we have an irruptive season.  The snowy at Merrill Creek was amazing!!

  • Hoping to see one in Utah this year, but sad to think its probably there because it was starving up north.

    • Apparently this irruption is not due to a food source crash but rather a boom in Snowy Owl productivity. Hopefully this means we have healthy owls heading south and surviving to return after the winter.

  • Anonymous

    Nice. I didn’t know about eBird. Something new has been learned today. Thanks.
    (I love owls and but I love the Snowy Owl the most. :)) )