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‘Celebirdy’! Snowy owl spotted in New York park for the first time in over a century

New Yorkers were in for a surprise on Wednesday, January 27, when they spotted a beautiful snowy owl in New York City's Central Park.

New Yorkers were in for a surprise on Wednesday, January 27, when they spotted a beautiful snowy owl in New York City’s Central Park. People gathered to get a glimpse of the owl — which experts say has not been seen in over a century. 

The New York Times reported that this is the first time in 130 years that a snowy owl has been spotted in New York’s Central Park. 

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

The rare bird’s appearance created a buzz across social media, which was soon flooded with pictures. People gathered at Central Park in the morning to watch the snowy owl as it mingled with other birds. Some even called it a historic sighting.

Snowy owls, which migrate south during the winter, are native to the Arctic tundra. CBS New York reported that they are more often spotted in Long Island or at beaches.

As soon as news of the Central Park appearance spread, authorities urged people to be cautious while trying to get a glimpse of the bird. 

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