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Snowy owl seen in Northeast Tacoma

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Dec. 29, 2011 at 12:14 pm with 11 Comments »
December 30, 2011 9:06 am

UPDATED 9:06 A.M.: We initially credited the wrong person for the photo.

The birding community has been buzzing in recent weeks about sightings of snowy owls in Western Washington. They have been sighted in places from Ocean Shores to Renton.

Now we can add Northeast Tacoma to the list.

A snowy owl is perched on a roof of a home on Hillside Drive Northeast in Northeast Tacoma. Nicole Haase photo

Linda Sawers, who lives on Hillside Drive Northeast, said there has been one in her neighborhood for several days.

“It’s a beautiful bird. It’s an amazing sight,” said Sawers, who admits she is not a birder.

The owls are circumpolar birds, usually living in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other sites north of Alaska’s Brooks Range, as well as in Scandinavia, Russia, Greenland, Siberia and other Arctic lands, according to a Seattle Times story.

Standing nearly 2 feet tall, the birds have been spreading across the United States, said the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Leave a comment Comments → 11
  1. tree_guy says:

    Those are made out of plaster and they sell them at Home Depot.

  2. WALKINGTALL says:

    How dare you accuse the respectible Autoban Socity’s CEO Linda Sawers of missleading the public.

  3. joyceloveland says:

    It’s good to see these beautiful birds and it’s sad that there aren’t more of them. To see one of these birds so far south just may be an indication of something afoot.

  4. guidocarmasi says:

    What a remarkable replica. What a hoax!!!! TNT got sucked in pretty bad on this one

  5. skippythedog says:

    Ha Ha….this coincides w/ todays headlines that Washington was the coldest state, relative to normal, in the lower 48.
    Birdbrains? Hardly.

  6. valerielo says:

    My husband and I saw what we believed to be a Snowy Owl about two weeks ago near Drum Elementary in U.P. It was in the middle of the road and took flight and we thought it was a HUGE seagull. It landed on a nearby rooftop, and we watched it for 10 minutes, definitely a beautiful white owl.

  7. ItalianSpring says:

    More proof of global warming.

  8. A few weeks ago I got a quick glimpse of a bird flying across Portland Ave. in East Tacoma. I don’t think it was white, more of a light tan. It definitely was an owl, I have no doubt about that. And it was probably in that 24″ body size.

  9. Awesome photo no matter who took it.

  10. Beautiful birds. Had one looking for rodents nightly like clockwork in the field next to work in Fife for many years. Coworkers didn’t believe me until I told them what times to go outside and look. Too bad the field became another vacant warehouse.

  11. Susnking says:

    Thank you for giving my daughter, Nicole, credit for the picture she took. :)

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