This yellow-eyed, black-beaked white bird is easily recognizable. It is 20–28 inch long, with a 49–59 inch wingspan.
Snowy Owls spend their summers and nest in the Arctic tundra of the northernmost stretches of Alaska and Canada. They winter south through Canada, with irruptions (migrations) occurring further south in some years. Snowy Owls are attracted to open areas like coastal dunes and prairies that appear somewhat similar to the Arctic tundra.
Our photos in this series were taken during the 2013 irruption in NJ.