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Snowy Owl chilling out in suburbia

Denver may see record heat today so that has me wanting for cooler temperatures and the increased wildlife activity they bring. Looking back on this past winter, there is no doubt that this Arctic visitor was the highlight.

It is rare for Snowy Owls to come this far south to Colorado but at least five different ones spotted in the Centennial State during the season. This particular one hung out for a few weeks in January in a suburb northwest of Denver.

The types of events that bring them here are called an irruption and while it isn’t perfectly clear what causes them, it is believed that a very successful summer breeding season results in an over-population of young owls in the Arctic. As a result, many head south in the winter in search of food.

It could be years before the next event like the most recent occurs but I will be anxiously awaiting and ready!

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A Snowy Owl gazes toward the setting sun while perched on a house northwest of Denver, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Snowy Owl gazes toward the setting sun while perched on a house northwest of Denver, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

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