Snowy Owl….

Whilst on route with Luke for a weekend break in Wales, news came through via R. Sandham that a Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus), had just been spotted near the town of Amlwch on Angelsey; thankfully just a small detour from the route.

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Snowy Owl (Buto scandiacus)

Following our arrival at the towns port, the pair of us legged it out the car and dashed over to connect with this arctic beast, a bird we thought we’d never have the opportunity of seeing in the UK, yet alone in June! As we approached the crowd of folk our hearts skipped a beat, because no more than ten meters ahead of us lay the Snowy Owl, a female covered in black flecking just sitting their in the open without a care in the world – life doesn’t get much better!

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Snowy Owl (Buto scandiacus)

The species up until winter gone, was a rare vagrant to Britain during the winter months, but winter just gone had seen Snowy Owl turn up at multiple sites in Wales along with in the Isle’s of Scilly, Cornwall, Norfolk, Lincolnshire, Shetland, Orkney, Derbyshire and the Outer Heberides! There had been several reports of a bird in North Wales this spring however none had been confirmed until this bird, which in fact is the first record for North Wales since 2001 and also just the 3rd record for the north.

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Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus)

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Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus)

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Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus)

Thanks for reading,




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