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Ohio's first snowy owl spotted at Mosquito Lake

Posted at 9:58 AM, Nov 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-26 11:24:39-05

CORTLAND, Ohio — The first snowy owl of the season was spotted by a bird watcher in Mosquito Lake in Trumbull County on Sunday.

Note: The owl pictured above is a file image of a snowy owl spotted in Lake Erie in 2018.

The Cleveland Metroparks was made aware of the sighting of the elusive snowy owl after Mimi Linda Hoffmaster spotted the beautiful creature at Mosquito Lake in Cortland.

Wildlife experts say raptors—from bald eagles to barred owls— are in full force right now.

The Snowy owl is native to the Arctic regions in North America and Europe, so when sightings of these perching birds are posted, the word gets out among non-frequent bird watchers.

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Owls, hawks, eagles and falcons patrol the lakefront fields and forests of the Cleveland Metroparks Reservations.

Metroparks says it is on “high alert” for Cleveland’s first snowy owl.

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