Snowy owl still clinging to Eastern Washington

Snowy owl, an arctic migrant that visits Washington during winter. (WSU)
Snowy owl, an arctic migrant that visits Washington during winter. (WSU)

WILDLIFE WATCHING — Spring reports of snowy owls postponing migration back to their arctic breeding areas to hang out in Eastern Washington have continued into summer.  Here's a notice from the Palouse just posted by Inland Northwest birder Bill Siems:

A Snowy Owl with a fair amount of dark mottling was spotted while driving by the Plaza exit on US195 at 9:30 AM today.  The bird was perched on the tall light pole over the N-bound entrance.  In surprise, I turned around and parked just under the pole to recheck and get a photo.

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