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Snowy Owls make surprise visit to Northeast Ohio's shoreline

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Snowy Owl found in Northeast Ohio!

CLEVELAND — They may not be here delivering mail like they do in "Harry Potter," but Snowy Owls are still bringing joy to Northeast Ohio!

Bird lovers and nature enthusiasts in the Cleveland area have recently been treated to a surprise while visiting the lakeshore, getting the opportunity to see rare Snowy Owls. 

The Cleveland Metroparks confirmed the sightings on social media earlier this week, sharing that at least five Snowy Owls have been spotted in the area near the East 55th Marina in the past few days and weeks. 

"An immature Snowy Owl briefly thrilled dozens of visitors today as it sat atop a light post above Edgewater Marina, Cleveland Metroparks. Later in the afternoon birders found it resting on a dock inside the marina. Chances are high for viewing success tomorrow, and patience is key," the Cleveland Metroparks wrote on Facebook. "This is one of five Snowy Owls being seen between East 55th Marina west to Edgewater Marina, with most observations of distant birds on the outer breakwall." 

An immature Snowy Owl briefly thrilled dozens of visitors today as it sat atop a light post above Edgewater Marina,...

Posted by Cleveland Metroparks on Wednesday, December 29, 2021

According to the Peregrine Fund, Snowy Owls live primarily in the far north, specifically around the North Pole. During their non-mating season, Snowy Owls tend to fly south and are known to hang out around southern Canada and the northern portion of the United States- especially areas with open spaces like the Great Lakes! 

So, if you find yourself near Lake Erie, make sure to keep an eye out and you may just get to see a special visitor in the area!

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