Snowy Owl Update: February 22. Thanks to all the cold and snow this winter, this is a great year for Snowy Owls. They have been farther south than usual and they are staying longer than usual. It is not too late to go photograph snowy owls. Don’t wait too long. As the weather gets warmer they will start moving farther north.
The first thing to do is go to the Snowy Owl sighting map at eBird and use the drop down menu to set a date range. Choose the current month and year.
Then head to an area with lots of dark purple, the darker the better. That means more sightings.
Zoom in on the map and look for an area with lots of red sighting pins. The more the better.
Click on the red pins to check for the dates of the sightings. You want an area with several sightings in the last few days. If there are a bunch of red pins but the sightings are all a week or more old, the owl or owls have moved on and you need to pick another area.
For detailed information on finding and photographing snowy owls, check out my Snowy Owl Series.
Snowy Owl sighting map at eBird