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Snowy owls often leave the artic where they live and breed during years where they've had higher than normal broods of offspring or when food is otherwise in low supply. This individual started at Fern Ridge in Oregon(and is possibly the furthest south on the west coast of any snowy this year) several weeks before Christmas and is at this time still entertaining visitors. This was a rare 80 degree day in Oregon!
"tern island" fern ridge reservoir. The floodgates are left open drying the reservoir into a temporary mudflat for the winter months and to prevent overfilling the lake. This creates a year round habitat that is frequented by birders, boaters, hunters and casual walkers. Fern Island is just under one acre and was installed by the Army Corps of engineers in an attempt to lure Caspian terns back in a breeding capacity. Many species not seen this far west are spotted here in breeding season.
Having completed the amazon portion of my trip to ecuador, I'm uploading other stuff for awhile