Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Hey, is that Harry Potter's Owl?
Harry Potter had quite the ally in Hedwig. Hermione once noted that Hedwig would draw a lot of attention if she was used too often to deliver notes to Sirius, as Snowy Owls are not native to Great Britain. In fact, it made the newspapers when three individual Snowy Owls showed up in 2009. UK Birders were no doubt thrilled, whether wizard or muggle.
Snowy Owls breed exclusively on Arctic Tundra, but often move south in the winter time to find food. In 2012 and 2013, large numbers of Snowy Owls moved into the continental United States, including New York City. These Snowy Owls were photographed in 2013 at Floyd Bennett Field, part of the Gateway National Recreation Area, in Brooklyn.