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Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus) by Twan Leenders

As I wrote in our blog before the invasion started, please remember that if you find a Snowy Owl it has flown all the way here very likely because it is frantically searching for food and is starving and exhausted. Give it as much room as you can while viewing it and allow it to hunt without being disturbed. While we have no control over whether or not there will be an irruption and should not feel guilty over enjoying seeing them if there is a sizable flight south we can control how much we do (or hopefully do not) pressure them while they are among us. Recording the sighting in eBird also helps as you’ll be making a contribution to conservation as a citizen scientist. Yes, this Snowy is actually yawning, and even if they are not hungry or tired they are going to be trying to feed during the day while so many of us potentially get in the way and call attention to them. Let’s be respectful and pass the word on to help protect these visitors.

Snowy Owl yawn