Scenes from the 2017-2018 Snowy Owl irruption

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A Snowy Owl in Kingston, Ontario. Photo by Paul O’Toole

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 Carolina. The owls have also been spotted farther south in places like Tennessee, Oklahoma, and Texas.

This map shows where eBird users have reported the birds since November. And our friends at Project SNOWstorm have had their hands full tracking lots of newly tagged owls. You can read their latest updates here.

Several contributors to BirdWatchingDaily.com have posted their photos of Snowy Owls in our galleries throughout this winter, and we’ve gathered eight of them into this special gallery. (Click on the photos to see them posted in our galleries.) Enjoy! Matt Mendenhall, Editor

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