Monday, September 16, 2013

Raptor of the Week: Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl
Bubo scandiacus

The snowy is a rare winter visitor but is present in our state every year. It arrives as early as October and is normally gone by late March. Periodically, large invasions occur when lemmings, its principal food base, are in short supply in the Arctic. This is one of the few owls active during daylight.

The Raptors of Iowa, paintings by James F. Landenberger

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