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Scenes from the 2017-2018 Snowy Owl irruption

One of the big birding stories from the winter of 2017-2018 has been the ongoing irruption of Snowy Owls into southern Canada and the United States. Many, many Snowies have been spotted over the last several months, especially around the Great Lakes, near the St. Lawrence River, and along the Atlantic Coast, from Newfoundland to North … Read More “Scenes from the 2017-2018 Snowy Owl irruption”

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Reader photo: Rarely seen bird photographed with a little help from friends

When the migrants started returning this spring, Illinois birders Jackie and Chris Bowman knew right where to go: Chicago’s Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary (Hotspot Near You No. 74). On the first Sunday in May, they saw warblers and thrushes, a Least Bittern in a flowering crabapple, a Le Conte’s Sparrow in a meadow, and thanks … Read More “Reader photo: Rarely seen bird photographed with a little help from friends”

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