Snowy Owl Spotted Near Alexandria

Snowy owls appearing in unexpected points south this winter.

A snowy owl photo from Hampton-North Hampton (N.H.) Patch. (Credit: Alan Evans)
A snowy owl photo from Hampton-North Hampton (N.H.) Patch. (Credit: Alan Evans)

Snowy owls are appearing in unexpected points to the south this winter, including Reagan National Airport.

Atlantic Cities recently picked up a photo of a snowy owl at hanging out near a DCA runway taken on Jan. 9 by Alexandria resident Erin Cuomo.

Usually found in Northern Canada and Alaska, the snowy owls are popping up in various points south this winter because of a presumed deficit of Arctic lemmings, according to Atlantic Cities. The ivory-colored owls require up to 12 small rodents a day to survive.  

On Friday, HamptonRoads.com reported sightings of a snowy owl in the Virginia Beach area. The gorgeous raptors made just their third appearance ever in northeast Florida this winter, according to News4Jax.com.

Airports have become popular sighting spots because the runways and airfields appear similar to he owls’ native Arctic tundra, according to the New York Times.

Cuomo, along with her husband, Jake, have sent Patch photos of wildlife in the past, including some stunning shots of a juvenile Cooper’s Hawk in their Hume Springs neighborhood.

Liz January 22, 2014 at 09:13 AM
What a beautiful bird!
Jodi Beatty January 25, 2014 at 08:28 AM
Arctic Cold down here! Lots of rodents! Natural (gorgeous!!) predator! I hope they are smart about the planes. I am sure they must be.
ceres baker January 25, 2014 at 09:01 AM
i seen one in CO. in the 80s on my way to sliverton he was beautiful and i am glad he flew out of my way


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