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Friday, January 26, 2018

#GreatBackyardBirdCount (#GBBC): Learn about the Snowy Owl

Large white (snowy?) owl on the roof of USDA downtown Washington, DC

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Get to know more about the Snowy Owls before The Great Backyard Birdcount (#GBBC)

Snowy owls are used to the barren tundra of their Arctic home in the far north. When they do make a move to forage for food in the winter they tend to hang out in wide open flat spaces, where they can quickly and easily see their next meal. Birders in Washington, D.C., were some of the first to spot the owls as well as the farthest south.

From https://birdsna.org/: "The Snowy Owl, also known as the Arctic Owl or White Owl, nests on Arctic tundra habitats throughout its northern circumpolar breeding range—often adjacent to coastal Arctic seas. This is one of the largest owls in the world, and has the most northerly breeding and wintering distribution of any owl species.

Plumage is unmistakable in this species. Adult males are almost pure white, and adult females are white with brown barring. Females are distinctly larger than males. Young males resemble adult females, but have more spotting on their flight feathers; it may take many years for males to acquire their nearly pure white adult plumage. Females are believed to become somewhat whiter with age but they maintain distinct brown bars throughout their lives. It remains unknown at what age adult definitive basic plumage is reached for either sex, or when Snowy Owls breed for the first time."

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