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
WASHINGTON STATE SNOWY OWL SIGHTINGS
WHERE CAN YOU SEE SNOWY OWLS NEAR WASHINGTON STATE?
PORTLAND OREGON REGION
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