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Where are the Snowy Owls: Report for Damon Point and the Skagit Valley

Snowy Owl in Ocean Shores

Snowy Owl in Ocean Shores

 

During the winter of 2012-2013, snowy owls once again flew in and hung out in Ocean Shores Washington. Along Damon Point, hundreds, if not thousands of tourists flocked to the beach to see these magnificent white owls. While snowy owls typically don’t return year after year to the same location, Damon Point in Ocean Shores had snowy owl sightings for the majority of the last 15 years. We, like everyone else, were excited for the snowy owl return in 2014. Sadly, we might be waiting until December.

 

While 2012 and 2013 were great years for snowy owls, we were spoiled. The last few years had seen great snow-packs, early precipitation and perfect conditions for migratory birds to come south to the Olympic Peninsula. 2013 was unusually warm and dry, and while that might not be the reason the owls haven’t returned, I am sure it is a contributing factor. At the end of 2013, snowy owls were seen in record numbers in the Midwest and east coast, but for the northwest corner of America, we are shut out of sightings. To make a long story short, THERE ARE NO SNOWY OWLS IN OCEAN SHORES in January of 2014.

 

 

NORTH AMERICA SNOWY OWL SIGHTINGS

North America Snowy Owl Sightings, Winter 2013-14

North America Snowy Owl Sightings, Winter 2013-14

 

 WASHINGTON STATE SNOWY OWL SIGHTINGS

Washington State Snowy Owl Sightings, Winter 2013-14

Washington State Snowy Owl Sightings, Winter 2013-14

 

 

 

WHERE CAN YOU SEE SNOWY OWLS NEAR WASHINGTON STATE?

 

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Washington and British Columbia Snowy Owl Sightings, Winter 2013-14

Washington and British Columbia Snowy Owl Sightings, Winter 2013-14

 

 

EASTERN WASHINGTON

Eastern Washington Snowy Owl Sightings, Winter 2013-14

Eastern Washington Snowy Owl Sightings, Winter 2013-14

Eastern Washington Snowy Owl Sightings, Winter 2013-14

Eastern Washington Snowy Owl Sightings, Winter 2013-14

 

PORTLAND OREGON REGION

Portland Area Snowy Owl Sightings, Winter 2013-14

Portland Area Snowy Owl Sightings, Winter 2013-14

 

 

MORE INFORMATION

 

For more information on birding, check out these awesome links that have updated and detailed reports, maps as well as historical sightings.

 

MAP:  http://bit.ly/18BFCws

 

SIGHTINGS: http://mailman1.u.washington.edu/pipermail/tweeters/

 

GOOD LUCK!

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Snowy Owl in Ocean Shores

Snowy Owl in Ocean Shores

 

6 Responses so far.

  1. There was a year in the late 1990s, I don’t recall which one, when winter brought a huge eruption of snowy owls into Washington and there were even sightings downtown Seattle, from Belltown to Pioneer Square. It was the coolest thing, to see a big white owl like that right downtown.

    • ExoticHikes says:

      That is so awesome! I am sure I missed it, but if it ever happens like that again, I can’t wait to see them!

  2. Kat says:

    Great photos, and magnificent birds!!

    I understand that typically when a snowy owls reaches this far South, they are searching for food and starving (almost to death). Given the amount of energy it takes to avoid hundreds, or thousands, of humans stalking them, could be the final bit of exhaustion that does them in… we must remember to keep our distance from these beautiful creatures, or we may never see them again!

  3. Mickel says:

    I’ve walked out to the point several times in January but only saw a large brownish black Eagle. It must have been a Golden but it didn’t look Gold and l didn’t see white on it. There are posts out there. Maybe dead trees or drift wood. There was a large bird on each one but l was to far away to see all but this one.

    In 1976 or 77 I saw a Snowy Owl in Enumclaw. I walked out to our pasture with my 5 cats in train and there it was! It didn’t leave as l stood frozen with my cat’s oblivious. Then it flew right across my path and landed in another tree. What a treat. It stayed a long time. Haven’t seen one since. Now l have opportunity to visit Ocean Shores much and have discovered Damon Point. I’m anxiously waiting!

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