This morning I left the house at 4:45am to drive up to Boundary Bay, British Columbia to find and photograph snowy owls that are visiting the area. It’s being reported that a rising number of snowy owls from the Arctic are visiting the lower 48 states this winter. In most years these magnificent owls remain year around in their northern breeding grounds, but they do sometimes migrate to Canada and the northern United States. However, bird enthusiasts are seeing these stately white birds are far south as Kansas, Oklahoma and other central states.
They are circumpolar birds, usually living in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other sites north of Alaska’s Brooks Range.
Unlike most owls, which are nocturnal, snowy owls are diurnal—they hunt and are active both day and night.
Researchers are unsure of the reason why we’re seeing the unusually high number of Snowy Owls. Many feel their food supply is limited in the far north.
They will be around until about March, feasting mostly on lemmings, voles and other small mammals, before returning to the Arctic for the breeding season.
As you can see the dike ridge trail is popular for photographers and bird watchers. I spoke to another photographer who came all the way from the United Kingdom just to photograph the Snowy Owls.