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by OntPhoto on Sat Nov 19, 2022 6:33 pm
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Based on the most recent report from Project Snowstorm dated November 17, 2022, the summer of 2022 was not a productive nesting season for snowy owls up north.  They use satellite imagery with follow-up on the ground to verify satellite data. 

"Summer 2022 saw very low lemming abundances across most of the Canadian Arctic, the core breeding range for the snowy owl, including the long-term study site on Bylot Island (Nunavut). The only place harboring nesting snowy owls that we are aware of in 2022 was on Ward Hunt Island at the very northern tip of Canada (only a few hundred kilometers away from the North Pole)."

"Given this past summer’s observations, we are not expecting a huge winter irruption at our latitudes this coming winter."

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It's still too early to tell what numbers of snowy owls will show up here but a look at the species map comparing November 2021 and November 2022 may or may not give an indication.  Keep in mind we still have 1 1/2 weeks to go in November 2022.  And the weather had been warmer than usual until recently with little in the way of snow.

November 2022 Snowy Owl map of sightings in Ottawa and surrounding area. Most of the red dots are probably different sightings of the same snowy owl or two.


Snowy Owl map of sightings for November 2021.


by OntPhoto on Tue Nov 22, 2022 12:44 pm
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One showed up (immature) in the St-Isidore area (we assume).  But anyone who posts a trip of 5 miles or 8 kilometers isn't giving the exact location.  But a lot of kilometers can be covered just in the general area driving up and down those roads.  A couple of snowy owls have been reported in eastern Ontario but probably not as many as in past winters.  By late November to early December we will have a better idea.  Next couple of weeks. 

UPDATE:  November 25, 2022.
Took several drives around the known snowy owl location in the Stittsvile / Kanata area such as Eagleson, Fallowfield, Akins, Brownlee, Shea and Rushmore.  With the snow melted away, any snowy owl would be easier to spot.   Not even one owl in sight.

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by wdg on Fri Nov 25, 2022 2:17 pm
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West coast breeding season (Alaska area) - only one nest was found. 
6 chicks - the youngest was recently found injured and transported to a rehab facility. 
Lemming populations are down which may account for low numbers being reported in west and Midwest.
Hoping that the Midwest northern areas had better breeding Snowy season but have not heard. 
Winnipeg area had reported quite a few early in season. 
Normally I would be seeing at least 1 a day here (ND) but have yet to see any (Altho a few have been reported in state) 
Short-eareds have arrived and in ok numbers.
Vole populations are up here after a few years of low numbers from little winter snow cover - hoping that may help.
Other owls (Long-eared and NSaw-Whet) have been seen in high numbers as well as they move thru area. 

Any news of Midwest Snowys would be appreciated.

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