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Snowy owl sighting in Ballard

Posted by Meghan Walker on December 18th, 2012

My Ballard reader Cathy sent us this photo of a snowy owl she spotted on a roof on Sunset Hill this weekend. The owls are back in the area after spending most of the year in the Arctic.

According to our news partners,¬†The Seattle Times, it’s food that brings the birds here. Lemmings, the owls’ main food source, are in abundance, which means the owl-population grows so much that the snowies head south in search of snow-free terrain and food, according to Paul Bannick, author of “The Owl and the Woodpecker.”Read more about the snowies’ return¬†here.
Thanks for the photo, Cathy!

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