This uncommon snowy owl wound up in O.C.; have a look

Swarms of hen fanciers have been flocking to a west Orange County neighborhood to ogle a snowy owl. The North Pole native appeared round Christmas Day and hunkered down on a Cypress rooftop, offering picture alternatives that had been unusually, virtually embarrassingly, snug.

The owl flies off the roof of an Orange County dwelling.

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Chris Spurgeon with the Pasadena Audubon Society theorizes that the uncommon avian customer seldom seen south of the Canadian border was blown 1000’s of miles off target by a storm or maybe cruised into the close by Lengthy Seaside/San Pedro port complicated on a freighter.

“They’re not supposed to be here — normally they don’t venture farther south than Oregon,” he stated, taking inventory on a current afternoon of the almost 2-foot-tall hen, with its rounded head and piercing yellow eyes.

People, some with very large cameras, stand in a suburban street.

Birdwatchers, some lugging digital camera tools, got here from all through Southern California to see the snowy owl in Cypress.

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“Stardom seems to suit him,” Spurgeon stated of the Arctic’s largest avian predator, which appeared unruffled by the commotion it was inflicting on the sidewalk beneath as birders armed with telephoto lenses and recognizing scopes jostled for place.

A white bird sits on a roof; nearby are black birds.

A snowy owl is harassed by crows in Cypress on Friday.

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Among the many cluster of birdwatchers was photographer Sheila Parker, from the South Bay, who acquired a name Wednesday from a good friend in Pennsylvania telling her {that a} snowy owl was rumored to have been sighted on high of a home in Cypress.

A snowy owl sits on a rooftop.

A North Pole customer, the owl started its go to over the Christmas vacation.

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“I thought, ‘Well, if I don’t see it with my own eyes, I’ll never know for sure,’” Parker stated. “So I packed my camera gear and hit the road.”

Shifting nearer to seize a number of frames worthy of displaying to pals, she remarked, “It’s not the rarest bird I’ve ever seen, but it’s certainly the most out-of-place one.”