Snowy owls flock to western Sweden

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A snowy owl yawning. Conservationists think an  abundance of lemmings and rodents are attracting these birds of prey to nesting grounds in western Sweden. (iStock)
A snowy owl yawning. Conservationists think an abundance of lemmings and rodents are attracting these birds of prey to nesting grounds in western Sweden. (iStock)
More than a dozen snowy owls have been seen nesting in western central Sweden, the largest number in more than 30 years.

Swedish Radio’s local channel in Jämtland county reports that conservationists are happy with the discovery.

“The snowy owl is one of the most charismatic species we have,” said Anders Wirdheim, information officer at the Swedish Ornithological Society.

The reason so many owls are nesting in the area is that there are plenty of lemmings and other small rodents for the birds of prey to feed on.

“It has attracted the snowy owls from Russia, which have sought to enter the Scandinavian mountain range to breed here instead,” Wirdheim said.

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