Snowy owls have created quite a stir in the birding world this winter with a migration of record numbers in many places. These were photographed at Boundary Bay, B.C. just over the border where more than a hundred were reported in December. The last time Snowys came to WA in any number was 2008. Never before have so many been seen in mid-west states such as Missouri, Oklahoma, and Kansas. Others reported in Connecticut, Maine, Vermont, Illinois, and even one made it to Hawaii. Most experts believe after two good lemming years in the Arctic boosted production, a food shortage combined with deeper snow sent them farther south this winter.
You can see more pictures in the snowy owl photo gallery