Date: 12/6/17 6:24 pm
From: Ryan Brady <ryanbrady10...>
Subject: [wisb] Statewide Snowy Owl update
Approximately 141 Snowy Owls have been reported across 55 of 72 Wisconsin counties as of Dec 6. New reports are coming in at a moderate though not blistering pace. We've well surpassed the 2015-16 flight and are more on par with the 2014-15 and 2011-12 flights at this point. 2013-14 was also a major irruption year but the main surge came after this date.

I've yet to see a photo or specimen proving a non-juvenile bird so far this year, which reinforces the notion that this flight is dominated by young of the year on the heels of a very successful breeding season in Arctic Canada.

Last but not least, their health has been a mixed bag. Most are definitely faring better than 2015-16 but the number found weak, road-killed, or otherwise in poor condition has not been insignificant. Perhaps this is not surprising given the prevalence of inexperienced, juvenile birds.

As always, find more info at

Ryan Brady
Washburn, Bayfield County, WI
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