Northern U.S.: Unusual number of Arctic snowy owls being seen

 
 
A snowy owl sits content on the chimney of a home in Eggertsville, N.Y.
A snowy owl sits content on the chimney of a home in Eggertsville, N.Y.
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Snowy owls, familiar to children as Harry Potter’s pet, are making a noticeable appearance in the northern half of the country, with bird-watchers reporting on eBird.org sightings in dozens of locations across the Midwest, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states as far south as Cape Hatteras, N.C. The owls live in the Arctic, but when their population spikes or lemmings are scarce, young ones fly south. A few snowy owls are seen in the U.S. every year, said wildlife photographer Lillian Stokes, who co-authors the Stokes bird guides. “But this year is phenomenal. People believe this could be historic numbers.”

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