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First Snowy Owl of the season

Kathy Lundstrom is the first to report and document a Snowy Owl in Nebraska so far this late fall/winter.   She came across and subsequently photographed the bird, below, near Stromsburg in Polk County.  This Snowy Owl appears to be a juvenile female based on the extensive black marking.

Snowy Owl
Snowy Owl, Polk County, 30 November 2015. Photo by Kathy Lundstrom

Early signs are not pointing to a big Snowy Owl invasion or irruption this winter in Nebraska and the central Great Plains, which make Kathy’s sighting a bit more special.  The graphic below shows Snowy Owl observations reported to eBird.org for November and December 2015.  Kathy’s find appears to be one of the more southerly reports so far this season.

Snowy Owl reports for November and December 2015 from eBird.org. Kathy Lundstrom's find appears to be one of the more southerly reports so far this season.

If you are lucky enough to find a Snowy Owl, I’d love to hear about it.  Drop me a line (and send a photo of the bird if you capture one) to me at joel.jorgensen@nebraska.gov.

Good birding.

Nongame Bird Program

About Joel Jorgensen

Joel Jorgensen is a Nebraska native and he has been interested in birds just about as long as he has been breathing. He has been NGPC’s Nongame Bird Program Manager for eight years and he works on a array of monitoring, research, regulatory and conservation issues. Nongame birds are the 400 or so species that are not hunted and include the Whooping Crane, Least Tern, Piping Plover, Bald Eagle, and Peregrine Falcon. When not working, he enjoys birding.

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