are venturing south in unprecedented numbers; as far south as northern Florida and Bermuda.
Snowy owls, big boreal birds with brilliant white plumage, are seldom seen south of the frozen Arctic tundra, but this winter they
Ornithologists aren’t sure why -- exceptionally cold weather in the contiguous U.S., or less food in their Arctic habitats are two possible reasons. Whatever the reason, Bubo scandiacus, with its five-foot wingspan, has birders chattering and Harry Potter fans are fondly remembering his pet Snowy, Hedwig.
This Snowy owl was photographed in Vermillion, Minn., by m1229.
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