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Snowy owls? #7569678
04/25/22 08:30 PM
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Are any of you northern US guys still seeing snowy owls? I saw one today maybe 45 miles north of Minneapolis, seems awfully late for them to be here yet but maybe I am wrong?

Osky


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Re: Snowy owls? [Re: Osky] #7569689
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Bummed I havent saw one this year, heard reports of everyone else seeing them.

Re: Snowy owls? [Re: Osky] #7569695
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Still frozen up here
easy hunting for them with muskrats in rut down there

Re: Snowy owls? [Re: Northof50] #7569702
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Originally Posted by Northof50
Still frozen up here
easy hunting for them with muskrats in rut down there


Sure could be. I just donít recall seeing them this far into spring down here but Iím no authority. The guys west of here in Dakota seem to see more of them so I thought Iíd ask. The one I saw today was the smallest Iíve ever seen.

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Re: Snowy owls? [Re: Osky] #7569707
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Are you sure it was not a Gyr falcon ?

Re: Snowy owls? [Re: Osky] #7569733
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Nope. Flew very close then perched right in front of me. I did a hard look as I was thinking it was a different bird but no.

Osky


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Re: Snowy owls? [Re: Osky] #7569922
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Yes my buddy Dan Tanner just took some pictures of one.


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Re: Snowy owls? [Re: Osky] #7569954
04/26/22 08:43 AM
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Haven't seen one here


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Re: Snowy owls? [Re: Osky] #7569956
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Re: Snowy owls? [Re: Osky] #7569996
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I usually only see one or two each year, but I don't look too hard for them either. If they are still around, they must be gorging themselves on all the 13-stripe ground squirrels running across the snow banks in the ditches in the afternoons!


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Re: Snowy owls? [Re: Osky] #7570013
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Fairly common here in the winter, see 20-25 most winters. Havenít seen one now for over a month, think they all headed north.

Re: Snowy owls? [Re: Osky] #7570036
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I hope they didn't get the " flu"


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Re: Snowy owls? [Re: Tray] #7570041
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Originally Posted by Tray
Fairly common here in the winter, see 20-25 most winters. Havenít seen one now for over a month, think they all headed north.



Thanks guys. I notice them of course when they show up in the late fall and winter but yesterday seeing that one still here got me thinking Iíd never kept track, what track I could, of when they departed.

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Re: Snowy owls? [Re: Osky] #7570065
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They show up here ("here" being the northern Lower Peninsula) about any time after November 1st, and a guy can usually find them on into mid March no problem. There are stragglers nearly every year that seem to linger on past spring. It seems that summer before last there were some Snowys here all through the summer. Now THAT is odd. I personally have never seen any past March, or before late November/early December, but I know folks that have.

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Re: Snowy owls? [Re: Osky] #7570244
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Seen one near north branch a few days ago, surprised me that it was still around



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Re: Snowy owls? [Re: Osky] #7570295
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Iíve read that most snowy owls donít breed until they are 2 years away old, good chance that any stragglers that havenít headed north are young birds that donít have the urge to hurry up and get north to find a mate.

Re: Snowy owls? [Re: Osky] #7570639
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Originally Posted by Osky
Are any of you northern US guys still seeing snowy owls? I saw one today maybe 45 miles north of Minneapolis, seems awfully late for them to be here yet but maybe I am wrong?

Osky


45 miles north of the cities?
I don't know who was more lost, you or the bird lol.


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