Last Sunday I was able to find a Snowy Owl in McLean County. Both the landowner and the fellow photographer asked not to share the location of this bird. So I didn’t. I believe this to be the same bird and moved to Gridley and now El Paso.
SUPER HEAVY CROP!
This bird’s location has been shared on eBird. This bird is in the middle of a 1.5 mile by 2 mile plot.
The survival rate of these young juvenile birds is less than 40%. The Snowys up north have had an abundance of food, so instead of laying 1 or 2 eggs, they are laying as many as 5 or 6. This is forcing young birds to come further south in search of food. My advice is don’t leave your car. use binoculars or a spotting scope. If you want photos, leave us to one of us professional photographers. I have over $20K in my camera and lens. If you are lucky enough to see one stay in your car and enjoy God’s beauty!
Want to learn more about the irruption of Snowy Owls.
I also found out that all the Snowy Owls in Lee County last year where trapped from O’Hare airport and relocated there by the Illinois Department Of Natural Resource.
I feel very blessed to be able to bring these photos to people that might have never been able to see them on their own!
If we respect these Snowy Owls and don’t harass them they could stay around until end of March. Feel free to e-mail or text me any sightings.
Be safe, Happy Birding, Be respectful of the birds and landowners property!