[quote="Baymen Moe"]ranger is right on, snowy for sure. Duxbury beach is another hot spot for snowy's. The unusual thing about this year is they're showing up very early. Typically we spot them more in the harsher cold months of January and February. Apparently the food supply in their northern range is low, causing them to come south early this year. Pretty sure a photographer got a picture of one as early as October this year.[/quote]
Actually October is when we might expect to see snowy owls. The fact that snowy owls are here in such abundance is because they must have had a very large food supply which produced such a large amount of young birds. Two years ago there was a snowy seen in every of the fifty states, and all over the Parker River Refuge. Last year I saw one once. Yesterday there were 18 individuals seen on Plum Island. It is written in literature that snowies come down to search for food, as it is limited in the arctic, yet there is no information to support that, as there is no one looking at food supplies in the arctic. For a snowy to travel several thousand miles, it must have been very healthy, and not started out in a weakened hungry state. I am in the process of organizing a program on snowy owls in January at the Parker River NWR, free and open to the public. Norman Smith is one of the nations premier snowy owl researchers, and will hopefully have one to display. I'll post when it happens. Lots of myths, and incorrect info written on snowy owls. I am learning all of the time of how the bird does not read the books that describe them.