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Snowy owl invasion #7448263
01/01/22 08:55 PM
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I see them every year in MN but this year is crazy. Guessing I've seen 40+ in the past week.
The few Hungarian partridge we have are gonna take a whooping!


swampgas chili and schmidt beer makes for a deadly combo

You have to remember that 1 out of 3 Democratic Voters is just as dumb as the other two.
Re: Snowy owl invasion [Re: bucksnbears] #7448286
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That happened here a few years ago. Saw them everywhere that winter


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Re: Snowy owl invasion [Re: bucksnbears] #7448294
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Guy I knew trapped and tagged them here for the State D.E.C.Beautiful birds.


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Re: Snowy owl invasion [Re: bucksnbears] #7448300
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That is one owl I haven't seen. See plenty of owls here but never one of them.

Re: Snowy owl invasion [Re: bucksnbears] #7448301
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Maybe they’re headed to Hogwarts! lol


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Re: Snowy owl invasion [Re: bucksnbears] #7448304
01/01/22 09:22 PM
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They sure are pretty. We only get one or two here every so often.


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Re: Snowy owl invasion [Re: bucksnbears] #7448305
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A sign of a widespread small mammal crash in the north.
That will make marten move long distances in good numbers also when they abandon their home ranges.
Seen it twice with the marten.All adults-almost no juveniles.
Havent seen any numbers of snowy owls here yet.

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Re: Snowy owl invasion [Re: bucksnbears] #7448309
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seen a pair on the back field 2 days ago used to be a rare sighting now common even in early fall

Hogwarts Lee you never cease to amaze me


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Re: Snowy owl invasion [Re: Boco] #7448311
01/01/22 09:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Boco
A sign of a widespread small mammal crash in the north.
That will make marten move long distances in good numbers also when they abandon their home ranges.
Seen it twice with the marten.All adults-almost no juveniles.
Havent seen any numbers of snowy owls here yet.

That's what I was wondering, coming south for food

Re: Snowy owl invasion [Re: bucksnbears] #7448320
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They seem to like the big marsh and are hanging around. 2 to 5 a day for me while trapping. Highlight of the season.

Re: Snowy owl invasion [Re: bucksnbears] #7448339
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I saw this one 2 weeks ago in NE

Re: Snowy owl invasion [Re: bucksnbears] #7448344
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They love this open country and like posting on telephone poles.
Went on a 125 mile coyote tour today and seen about 20.
Beautiful birds!


swampgas chili and schmidt beer makes for a deadly combo

You have to remember that 1 out of 3 Democratic Voters is just as dumb as the other two.
Re: Snowy owl invasion [Re: bucksnbears] #7448361
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Maybe Muskrat411 will chime in what has happened around him on the McKenzie River.
Did not see many going through Manitoba this fall.
The do cue into where the rats are getting frozen out.

Any areas that have had crops not harvested the mouse populations build up and you can have one on every telephone pole in those spots.

Re: Snowy owl invasion [Re: bucksnbears] #7448382
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we are not good snowy owl country. north west (the direction not President Kanyia's kid) of here on the North Slope and Alaska might be better more open country. We have mostly Great horned owls and small hawk owls and another even smaller owl. We will see the occasional snowy owl but never vey many of them. The Mackenzie Delta is really thick willow country

Re: Snowy owl invasion [Re: bucksnbears] #7448397
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I think your small owl is likely a boreal owl.


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Re: Snowy owl invasion [Re: bucksnbears] #7448398
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The smaller owl is probably the Boreal Owl about fist size.
True you have to get east into the barren grounds for the breeding area

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Re: Snowy owl invasion [Re: bucksnbears] #7448417
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As beautiful as they are, they can sure decimate the Hungarian partridge population!
Funny how a pure white male can take off and fly right in front of my truck with snow on the ground and all but dissapear.


swampgas chili and schmidt beer makes for a deadly combo

You have to remember that 1 out of 3 Democratic Voters is just as dumb as the other two.
Re: Snowy owl invasion [Re: Boco] #7448424
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Originally Posted by Boco
A sign of a widespread small mammal crash in the north.
That will make marten move long distances in good numbers also when they abandon their home ranges.
Seen it twice with the marten.All adults-almost no juveniles.
Havent seen any numbers of snowy owls here yet.



Yep, Buddy in Alaska says no rabbits around his place this year. Good thing the owls have wings and can fly. The lynx are starving and on the decline. Typical 10 yr cycle from what I understand.

Re: Snowy owl invasion [Re: bucksnbears] #7448426
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Our rabbit population crashed a couple years ago and we are only seeing the beginning of a recovery this winter.

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