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SATURDAY, NOV. 25, 2017

MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2013

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

Snowy owl still clinging to Eastern Washington 

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...

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FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2013

WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 2013

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 28, 2012

Snowy owls showing up high and low

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Reports of snowy owl sightings have been coming in from all over. Snowshoers reported two of the arctic migrants making a brief pit stop on the towers on top of Mount Spokane. Another observer found one hanging out at Reardan Ponds at...

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SUNDAY, NOV. 25, 2012

MONDAY, NOV. 19, 2012


Eleven snowy owls are seen in this image made at Boundary Bay near Vancouver, British Columbia, by wildlife photographer Sandy Milliken of Post Falls, Idaho. The photo was shot in January 2012 during a season noted across northern tier of the United States for big numbers of snowy owls migrating south for the winter from their arctic territory. 
 (Sandy Milliken / Scarlet Images)

Snowy owls could once again be common sights

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Birders have been reporting more and more observations of snowy owls showing up in Washington. Although they routinely venture this far during their winter migration from the arctic, Last year's big number of snowy owls across the northern tier of states was...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 16, 2012

In this photo taken Tuesday, a snowy owl responds to a nearby crow from its perch on the western side of Everett High School. Various crows swooped by trying to harass the owl, but the owl refused to move from its perch on the second story of the building. (Associated Press)

Snowy owls brightening the Washington landscape

BIRDWATCHING -- The first snowy owls of the season are being reported in Washington as their annual winter migration from the arctic is underway. The mostly-white owls have been spotted from Seattle to Asotin County this week, bringing back memories of last year's "irruption" of...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2012

Snowy Owl that was still lingering in the Spokane region on April 14, 2012. (Jamie Dahlke)

Snow's gone from area, but not snowy owls 

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Most people interested in birds know there was an unusually high number of snowy owls that migrated south from the arctic to winter along the northern United States this season. People were devoting a great deal of effort into taking advantage of...

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MONDAY, JAN. 30, 2012

Snowy owl in western Montana during the big winter of 2011-2012 irruptions. (Jaime Johnson)

Snowy owl vote: The eyes have it

WILDLIFE -- Hypnotizing. Could you ever get tired of looking into a snowy owl's eyes? The nifty image above was captured over the weekend by wildlife photographer Jaime Johnson of Lincoln, Mont. See a video with some details of this season's snowy owl irruption.

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THURSDAY, JAN. 26, 2012

SUNDAY, JAN. 15, 2012

Eleven snowy owls are seen in this image made at Boundary Bay near Vancouver, British Columbia, by wildlife photographer Sandy Milliken of Post Falls, Idaho. The photo was shot in January 2012 during a season noted across northern tier of the United States for big numbers of snowy owls migrating south for the winter from their arctic territory. 
 (Sandy Milliken / Scarlet Images)

Count 'em yourself: 11 snowy owls in one photo frame 

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Wildlife photographer Sandy Milliken of Post Falls isn't missing the opportunity to capture images from this season's snowy owl irruption. With her radar out for the best opportunities, she recently traveled to Boundary Bay just south of Vancouver, British Columbia, to capture...

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MONDAY, NOV. 14, 2011

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)

Snowy owl dazzles birders along Lake CdA 

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...

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