Snowy owl sighting

Snowy owl: The snowy owl's white feathers make it less visible to its prey.
Snowy owl: The snowy owl's white feathers make it less visible to its prey.

In the Winter 2006 "Change in the Weather" post, museum biologist Dick Oehlenschlager said that, if you were lucky, you might see a snowy owl or two out near the Minneapolis-St. Paul International airport.

Last weekend, I saw what HAD to be a snowy owl in the wildlife reserve off I-494 near the airport.

Oehlenschlager says that snowy owls are here in larger numbers than usual this winter. Normally, they nest in the Arctic tundra in northern Canada and Alaska, and come south some winters to hunt voles, mice, and other small mammals. Some scientists think their visits to Minnesota are periodic, coinciding with the population lows of Arctic lemmings—a favorite prey.

Pretty cool.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

dave kantola's picture
dave kantola says:

I saw a snowy owl yesterday evening (3/3/06) out on the portage in Hancock MI(Keweenaw Penisula).

posted on Fri, 03/03/2006 - 8:04am
Bruce B's picture
Bruce B says:

I spotted a snowy owl out in the gravel pit at work about 1:00 in the afternoon of 3-3-06, It stayed around until about 4:30 when I returned with my wife and kids and the video camera. We filmed and watched him for approx. 35 min. WOW! what a fantastic treat. We have never seen one in the wild before

posted on Fri, 03/03/2006 - 7:59pm
in los angeles, ca's picture
in los angeles, ca says:

i saw a snowy owl, in my neighbors backyard on the electric wires of the light post. it looked very peacefull and beautifull,, when i went out to pray for my sick nephew. it turned its head and looked directly at me,, seeing him. and then he flew away.. was a beautifull snowy owl. Are they supposed to be in los angeles area?? it is febr/ 07, winter . or does it have any mythological meaning behind it?

posted on Wed, 02/07/2007 - 2:16am
fabian's picture
fabian says:

Hi. I just saw two huge snow owls last night in Glendale, Southern California. I think that they are magnificient, and I believe God brings magnificent things to us when we need to see them.

I doubt that they are supposed to be in Los Angeles. As a matter of fact I think that their presence is a sign that things in our world are changing, forcing creatures to move around in search of food and such. If you notice, there are also more crows and ravens as well birds of prey her in the LA area.

Well, hope your nephew gets better. God Bless!


posted on Sun, 04/22/2007 - 2:01pm
Jordan's picture
Jordan says:

i think the way Snowy owls camoflauge themselves is really cool!!! I've never seen one(I hope I do someday),but they seem awesome........

posted on Thu, 04/12/2007 - 12:16pm
irene's picture
irene says:

what do the snow owl do during the summer?

posted on Sat, 01/26/2008 - 11:27am
Pichu's picture
Pichu says:

it would probibly fly to a colder place like other birds only opposite

posted on Sat, 01/26/2008 - 4:20pm
Pichu's picture
Pichu says:

harry potters bird is a snow owl, i is smart

posted on Sat, 01/26/2008 - 4:24pm
Coyvu's picture
Coyvu says:

I think snowy owls are amazing creatures and I am doing them as part of my geography project for school. They really are beautiful. I love all the comments about them.

posted on Mon, 04/21/2008 - 4:03pm
Rovina's picture
Rovina says:

The snowy owl sighting was only the second in the October-June period in more than 70 years. The bird was not seen by any of the CBC participants. It was reported to the CBC team in the area by a hunter they happened to encounter while they were out counting. Unfortunately, the birding community at large will not have the opportunity to look for this bird. The area where it was seen is all private property and the landowners do not plan to throw open the gates for birders. The area is also fraught with security and sensitive species issues. The birding community is now on good terms with the people who own this land. They usually graciously allow our CBC count team access to their property each year for one day only although for some reason not this year.

posted on Tue, 11/18/2008 - 12:15am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

29 JAN 2010

Just saw what I believe to be a Snowy Owl fly over my backyard in Watsonville California. Cool, rainy night about 1 1/2 miles from the ocean on the central coast.

I could not believe my eyes.

posted on Fri, 01/29/2010 - 9:10pm
Tundra Animals's picture

Where I live the snowy owl is not so common. I see them about only once or twice a year. I used to see them more when I was kid but I guess they are declining in numbers these days. I'm building a website about snowy owls and other tundra animals and plants. It's in its early days now but you might find it interesting as I add more information over time.

posted on Thu, 05/12/2011 - 8:49pm
A.'s picture
A. says:

Went out for a walk tonight and had a snowy owl fly right overhead at the corner of Grand Ave. and the Fwy right before Cesar Chavez Ave. in downtown Los Angeles. It was beautiful and such a blessing. Animals do have meaning. You can do a search using "snowy owl symbolism" or "Snowy owl animal totem" - just use similar keywords.

posted on Fri, 11/08/2013 - 5:55am
Ray Pereida 's picture
Ray Pereida says:

I seen an all white owl with brown face in Pico Rivera ca. 90660. I only seen one before about 15 years ago

posted on Fri, 12/13/2013 - 10:16pm
Lorna's picture
Lorna says:

My husband saw a large white owl on our fence last night-- here in Murrieta, CA. Can't think of anything else pure white it could be except a Snowy.
January 8, 2014

posted on Wed, 01/08/2014 - 9:50am
princessfoal's picture
princessfoal says:

thay some times migrate

posted on Sun, 01/12/2014 - 3:28pm
mravila's picture
mravila says:

they live in highland park ca in a billboard on figueroa and ave 40 across the street of tony's market
next to my friends house i see then them there for years

posted on Thu, 06/19/2014 - 1:08pm

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