Snowy owls are moving through Wisconsin from northern Canada, and the state Department of Natural Resources and Wisconsin eBird say the birds are staging a possibly historic movement from the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Coast.
As of Sunday, there were 55 reports of the birds in Wisconsin. That compares with about 115 at the same time in 2011-'12, but it's ahead of the pace of last year at this time, when 30 to 35 snowy owls had been observed.
Ryan Brady, a DNR research scientist, said the arrival of the owls got off to a slow start this year, but the sightings are picking up.
Snowy owls have been seen along the Lake Michigan corridor, including the Milwaukee area.