Deep snow, cold, and then runoff saw the Snowy Owl season off to a challenging start, but the tundra continually becomes more and more accessible. Today, lead researcher Denver Holt discovered the season's first hatch. Another egg in this nest displays a fracture, or pip, indicating a second hatch will likely be within the day.
A female Snowy Owl lays her eggs asynchronously - not at the same time. She usually lays four to eight round, white eggs; one every two to three days. This means that the oldest chick may hatch up to two weeks sooner than the youngest chick.