Over 100 of them have been spotted around Wisconsin - with many sightings along Lake Michigan. They're often seen on the ground, on hay mounds, fence posts and sign posts. One was even spotted on a busy street in Cudahay, a Milwaukee suburb where my mother grew up. Cudahay is also home to General Mitchell Field International Airport - so its not the quietest place.
The Snowy Owl's usual range is the Arctic tundra. Think Canada, Alaska, Eurasia. Only during an irruption are they seen outside this range. They will travel as far as Russia and the Gulf States of the US in the search for food. If arctic breeding conditions are good, come winter the younger birds are unable to compete with the bigger, stronger birds for food. So the young ones range far and wide. THIS is one of those winters. So keep your eyes peeled. They are active by day, are 24" tall and have a wingspan of 52". Females are larger than males, and more heavily barred. Only males are pure white.