Bird-Watchers Revel in Unusual Spike in Snowy Owl Sightings in Montana

The white, two-foot-tall birds, which live in the Arctic the rest of the year, are known to fly south in large numbers every few winters in what is known as an irruption. But this year, the numbers are unusually high, said Denver Holt, director of the Owl Research Institute in Charlo, Montana.


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Snowy owls: Parliament is in session in Polson

The last time Polson adventurer Marty Zajanc saw a snowy owl, he spent 10 years hiking more than 3,000 miles across Alaska and into the Arctic Circle to do it.

Last week, he drove a few blocks across town and found several.

"I think I recognized a couple of them," Zajanc says. "I could swear two of them winked at me."

Written by VINCE DEVLIN Photographed by KURT WILSON of the Missoulian

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