Snowy Owls in British Columbia

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.

Snowy Owl At Sunrise

They are circumpolar birds, usually living in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other sites north of Alaska’s Brooks Range.

Snowy Owls in a row

Unlike most owls, which are nocturnal, snowy owls are diurnal—they hunt and are active both day and night.

Snowy Owl landing

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.

Snowy Owl in flight

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.

Snowy Owls resting

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.

Snowy Owls being photographed

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