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Mon., Nov. 14, 2011, 4:21 p.m.

Snowy owl dazzles birders along Lake CdA

A snowy owl was photographed in Lincoln County on Dec. 10, 2010. The arctic visitors delight birdwatchers when they arrive in Eastern Washington each winter. (Buck Domitrovich)
A snowy owl was photographed in Lincoln County on Dec. 10, 2010. The arctic visitors delight birdwatchers when they arrive in Eastern Washington each winter. (Buck Domitrovich)

BIRDWATCHING -- Along with the first lowland snowfall, a snowy owl migrating to this area from the arctic was reported seen on the Rathdrum Prairie on Saturday by Inland Northwest Birders.

On Sunday a different snowy owl was photographed along Wolf Lodge Creek and the northeast end of Lake Coeur d'Alene feeding on a dead bird.

"This makes two of these guys in our immediate area which isn't one of the regular places Snowy's turn up," said North Idaho birder Doug Ward.  "Hopefully this spells a banner year for these remarkable birds."




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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