UPDATED 7:30 PM PT – Friday, January 29, 2021
For the first time in 130 years, a Snowy Owl was spotted in New York City’s Central Park.
The owl was spotted on Wednesday in the park’s North Meadow field. A Twitter account dubbed Manhattan Bird Alert tweeted about the rare sighting.
Oh, hello! The SNOWY OWL is still on the west side of the Central Park North Meadow near 98th Street. pic.twitter.com/9uhW1cTeDC
— Manhattan Bird Alert (@BirdCentralPark) January 27, 2021
The tweet prompted a rush of onlookers, reportedly drawing criticism for attracting unwanted attention to the owl.
Snowy Owls are found in the high Arctic tundra and are known to venture south to North America.