A Snowy Owl Was Spotted In NYC’s Central Park For The First Time In 130 Years, A Rare Sighting

According to The New York Times, on Wednesday, January 27, thousands of New Yorkers descended upon Central Park to watch a snowy owl that hadn’t been spotted in 130 years.

Experts estimate that the last time snowy owls were seen in Central Park was during their abnormally big migration along the east coast in the winter of 1980. The technology available at the time, however, prevented individuals from taking pictures to record the occurrence.

Because of how unique Wednesday’s occurrence was, many people were eager to view the feathered bird. People remained silent and respectfully tucked up behind distant gates.

Manhattan Bird Alert, a Twitter Account for bird spotting in New York’s Central Park and Manhattan, posted a video of this rare sight with the caption: “The SNOWY OWL of the Central Park North Meadow was not much bothered by the crows that gathered around it earlier and that have now returned. People are staying behind distant fences and being quiet and respectful.”