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.