The last time the snowy owl descended upon the Flathead Valley in large numbers was in the winter of 2005 – 2006. It was my first winter residing here, and I was very impressed with wintertime and snow. Occasionally, I would drive around different parts of the valley to admire the view. On one of those excursions, I was lucky enough to encounter a glimpse of the majestic owl. It sat perched atop a fence post in the Lower Valley.
Once again, the snowy owl has migrated from its natural Artic habitat to Montana. The Flathead Valley offers an ideal wintering spot for the birds as the windswept prairies and frozen lakes are reminders of the tundra of which they call home. continue reading
A frozen stream through a field in the Lower Valley.