New Yorkers were in for a rare sight in Central Park that experts claim hasn’t been seen in more than a hundred years — a beautiful snowy owl.
New Yorkers were in for a rare sight that experts claim hasn't been seen in more than a hundred years. Bird watchers and nature lovers flocked to Central Park hoping to catch a glimpse of an unlikely visitor — a beautiful snowy owl.
Paul Sweet, the collection manager of the Department of Ornithology at the American Museum of Natural History, points out that the last recorded sighting of a snowy owl in Central Park can be traced back to 1890.
According to NDTV, the owl became an instant celebrity on social media, creating a huge buzz among bird watchers.
"Snowy owls prefer a lot of personal space and are best viewed through scopes or binoculars. Please keep your distance so everyone can enjoy and share this magic moment," the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation tweeted.
Snowy owls spend summers in the Arctic tundra and migrate south during the winter. According to experts, snowy owls are more often spotted on Long Island or at beaches.
As the excitement about the Central Park sighting spread, authorities urged people to stay cautious and keep a respectful distance from the owl.