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First snowy owl of the 2020-2021 season has arrived in Cleveland

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Posted at 8:17 PM, Nov 27, 2020

CLEVELAND — As winter approaches, so does the anticipation of seeing a snowy owl in Cleveland. Well, the time has arrived and the first snowy owl of the season has arrived on the shores of Lake Erie, according to Cleveland Metroparks.

The arctic visitor has made its stay on the outer breakwall of Lake Erie for the past several days, Cleveland Metroparks said.

For those wanting to catch a glimpse of the majestic bird of prey, it is visible between East 9th Street Pier and Cleveland Metroparks Wendy Park.

Cleveland Metroparks said that as an apex predator, the snowy owls primarily hunt at night and have little to fear during the day, so they will sit out in the open on the ground, breakwalls and marina docks, ready for visitors to snap a picture or two—from a distance, of course.

While this snowy owl is the first to arrive in Cleveland this season, it won’t be the last.

Cleveland Metroparks said that January is the prime time to catch a glimpse of one of the remarkable birds, so there’s plenty of time left for the avid bird watcher in Northeast Ohio.

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