As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Monday 25 December 2017

Record number of rare, snowy owls showing up in Ohio

A record number of rare snowy owls are appearing in Ohio.

According to Jen Brumfield, a naturalist with Cleveland Metroparks, a record number of the beautiful owls are appearing in northern portions of the state.

The source of this unusually huge movement of snowy owls is yet to be determined, but it is very likely tied to a successful nesting year in the Arctic, Brumfield said.

At least 10 snowy owls were recently found on the break wall near downtown Cleveland, with more showing up in outlying communities.

Sightings in Ohio are very uncommon, but naturalists say they are not unheard of in southern portions of Canada during the winter months.

The arctic birds are typically nomadic in summer months, nesting around large populations of small rodents. In winter, they take on a wide variety of prey, including geese and other birds.

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