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Notable influx going on from Minnesota/Upper Great Lakes thru the Atlantic Coast, one Snowy showing up in Bermuda, a Newfoundland observer counting 75 Snowys from a single observation point.

Snowy owl vid here

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ufkcx-UqljM

One nice pic here

http://www.windowtowildlife.com/snowy-owl/

Maps of sightings, overview at these URL's

http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/gotsnowies2013/

http://ebird.org/content....sconsin
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Good to know. I had fun playing with the map.
I live in eastern MO and hope one or more come my way (rural MO). Based on what you posted I emailed my some the info on the one by Smithville Lake near where he lives in northern KC (west of me about 4 car hours).
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I had one flare in front of the truck (near the airport here) winter before last.

Hope you caught the video, it's well done.
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I had to go all the way to Hudson Bay to see my only snowy. I've been watching the map link above, and reading the Audubon bulletin board hoping for regular sitings closer than Lake Michigan. Monroe Lake has been busy with a variety of water fowl, and the Lower Wabash Valley has had a few sightings of whooping cranes. I'm enjoying snow on the ground, we are having a real winter.

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Their liking all that open space within airports is causing issues. Though I understand after shooting a few of them they've committed to trapping others causing risks.

http://www.latimes.com/nation....gCBB23n

Though this seems to be normal, JFK has had 9 Snowy Owl aircraft incidents since 2008 that don't count the is fall's encounters..
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An immature Snowy has taken up residence at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, of all places. Apparently this is the most southerly of the reported sightings.
I'll will attempt to attach the photo below. It may take a couple of tries, I may forgotten how to include a photo. Be patient  :)

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I don't think that bird is fooled by the camo.
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I don't think that bird is fooled by the camo.

With nothing but the ocean and horizon behind them I doubt they are blending in to the background.
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I'm on the west shore of Lake Michigan (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) and the birding list serves are lighting up with Snowy reports, Minnesota, Wisconsin, thru the Illinois, Indiana and Michigan shores of Lake Michigan. Here's one recent map of sightings.

http://ebird.org/ebird....&yr=cur
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Excellent Snowy Owl article, Eric H.  The last three years, we have welcomed our Snowy Owl (Petoskey, Michigan) to the local casino.  

I often thought about (but couldn't figure out) why the owl loved the casino (that's specifically where the owl has hung out) and then it dawned on me- the Snowy Owl probably compares the flat Artic tundra to that of a huge casino parking lot.  It sits atop the high, outside lights and scans the surroundings for prey.  Kind of surreal to see.  The article Eric H provided stated that the Snowy Owl loved airports for the same reason.

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Redtails seem to like freeways and freeway light standards for similar aspects. It changes from time to time but there are a couple of light standards on my commute  that look almost abnormal when there isn't a hawk perched on it.
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