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(This is an older article, but still interesting and has some decent photos.)
We don't know how long the owls will be around - possibly most of the winter. If you wish to try and see the owls at the jetty, here's what you do: Go to Fort Stevens State Park, follow signs to the South Jetty of the Columbia River, park in parking lot C, walk north from the parking lot to the river beach (you would have to climb over the jetty to get to the ocean beach), turn right (east) and walk along the river beach. The owls are large and white and easy to spot. If they've been spooked and you can't find them on the beach, climb up onto the low fore dune and look over the grassy areas.
If you do go to look at them, please don't disturb them. Though grand to look at, these birds are in a struggle to survive. Be sure not to get so close that you spook them, and if they do fly from you, pay attention and don't get so close to them again. View them from a distance with binoculars or a spotting scope. These photos were all taken through our spotting scope at between 40 and 60 power. They're not great photos, but we didn't risk harming the bird to get them.
Here are thumbnails to some more photos:
OK, these photos are from quite a while ago. Such winter irruptions happen regularly. 2006 was a big winter for Snowy Owls in Montana. Here's a link to a video about it: (Click!)