Snowy Owl

Nyctea scandiaca

This attractive arctic Owl is annual in the Pribilofs in spring, and can be quite numerous. Daily high counts of up to 12 birds have been recorded in the last few years. Unlikely to be confused with any other species, look for these owls around the coastlines, especially near Least Auklet colonies (one of their principle food sources while on the island). Snowy Owls are occasionally seen around town, perched on roofs, or on crosses in the local cemetery. On Saint George, which has a stable population of voles, this species is an erratic breeder in the center of the island. Saint Paul has no definite breeding records, but on some years an individual or pair will linger through the summer on the island.