Before I could bear to watch the Green Bay Packers lose to the Giants, Tom and I went up into the Mission Valley on a Snowy Owl mission.
We initially checked around the Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuge and the surrounding agricultural lands, and we turned up nada. No Snowy Owls or much else, other than Gray Partridge and ring-necked Pheasants. Coming to the conclusion that we should try up near Polson, we fired off along Highway 93 and arrived in Polson in no time.
Once we arrived at Polson, we soon found one Snowy Owl on top of a cell tower. which was quickly followed by 5 others. All of these were perched atop houses on the subdivision atop the hill. We speculated that they were making use of the roofs because they were warmer than perching on a fence post or rock.
The reason for all these Snowy Owls this winter is the epic explosion in the vole population this year. Everywhere you walk, you hear the little buggers scurrying through their tunnels.