After seeing so many postings here on BirdingNB, NB Listserv, eBird and Twitter of Snowy Owl sightings, I made a map showing where they have been reported. Some of these may be the same owl showing up in another location, but where 2 or more are shown at one location they were seen at the same time. I'm going to keep updating the map as new sightings are reported, just for fun :) Feel free to let me know if I've missed any.


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Comment by Anne Assaff on December 14, 2013 at 10:41pm

New sightings: Red Bank, Kedgwick, McKendrick, Charlo and Woodstock - 53 to date.

Comment by Glenn Pinsent on December 13, 2013 at 6:20pm

Thanks Anne , great work , hopefuly I will get to see one soon .

Comment by Anne Assaff on December 13, 2013 at 6:07pm

Map updated with reports in Campbellton (owl transported to Atlantic Wildlife Institute), Martindale St., Moncton, and Courtney Bay, SJ. 48 reports to date.

Comment by Anne Assaff on December 11, 2013 at 10:18am

Map updated early as I'm away today. New reports: Rt. 15 between Shediac and Moncton, Bouctouche Dune, Shemogue Marsh, Castalia Marsh,  Machias Seal Island

Comment by Anne Assaff on December 10, 2013 at 10:06pm

Thanks Stuart and Jimmy. I will add these in with tomorrow's updates.

Comment by Stuart Tingley on December 10, 2013 at 9:45pm
Here are the details of the reports I just mentioned:
1. MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND - in a posting to the NatureNB listserv on December 5 Ralph Eldridge reported that at least two Snowy Owls had passed through Machias Seal Island in the past three days. (I assume Ralph learned of those owls in discussion with the lighthouse keepers out there at the time).
2. BOUCTOUCHE DUNE - The Nature Moncton Information Line transcript for December 6 posted to the NatureNB listserv reported that Jean-Paul and Stella LeBlanc had spotted an immature Snowy Owl on the Bouctouche Dune from the St. Thomas wharf on December 5.
3. CASTALIA MARSH (Grand Manan) - several people posted photos of a Snowy Owl at Castalia marsh on December 7 and 8 to the Grand Manan Birders Facebook page.
Comment by Jimmy Dee on December 10, 2013 at 9:37pm

I don't think this one is on the map either ... details here

Location map link is there too. (Shemogue Marshes, Westmorland County)

Comment by Stuart Tingley on December 10, 2013 at 9:27pm
Anne, this map is just wonderful and thanks so much for preparing it and keeping it up to date. I've heard of a few reports that don't seem to be on your map - namely Machias Seal Island (at least two birds), Castalia Marsh (Grand Manan) and the Bouctouche Dune. I'll dig up the details if you would like.
Comment by Anne Assaff on December 10, 2013 at 8:24pm

Map updated with new reports in Drummond, Val Comeau and Scoudouc today.

Comment by Joanne Savage on December 10, 2013 at 4:51pm

Dixie, the number of Snowy Owls we are getting this year is far higher than our usual numbers in N.B. over the past few years. Snowy Owls do not visit every year.

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