A Snowy Owl Is Spotted In Central Park For The First Time In 130 Years

January 29, 2021

A snowy owl was spotted in New York City's Central Park on Wednesday.

Experts say there hasn't been a recorded sighting of a snowy owl in Central Park in over a century.

snowy owl central park
Credit: NYC Dept of Parks & Rec

The owl was seen on the North Meadow ballfield, according to several witnesses.

"Look what the snow blew in this week — a Snowy Owl in Central Park!" the NYC Dept. of Parks & Recreation wrote on Facebook. "In winter you will occasionally find a snowy owl enjoying the sandy dunes at our shorefront parks. It is rare to see one sightseeing in Manhattan! Snowy owls prefer a lot of personal space and are best viewed through scopes or binoculars."

Witnesses said the owl was not much bothered by the crows that gathered around it.

According to Paul Sweet, the collection manager of the Department of Ornithology at the American Museum of Natural History, the last sighting of a snowy owl in Central Park dates back to 1890.

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