Rare snowy owl draws flock of bird watchers to Central Park

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It was a free for owl.

New Yorkers flocked to Central Park on Wednesday to catch a glimpse of a rare snowy owl that’s become the “hoot” new attraction at the green space.

“It’s quite the event,” Rita McMahon, of the Wild Bird Fund, told The Post about the sighting.

Birder David Barrett, who documented the owl’s visit on his Twitter account Manhattan Bird Alert, said the event was “a mega-rarity for Central Park.”

In fact, Paul Sweet, an ornithologist at the American Museum of Natural History, tweeted that the last recorded sighting for the species there that he could find was in December 1890.

Natives of the Arctic tundra, the predators are known to migrate south for the winter — though they usually prefer flatlands that resemble their homes to the big smoke.

“We are their Florida,” McMahon explained.

“Generally, you’ll find them at airports or out at Jones Beach where there are expanses of sand or flat area, where they can see their prey.”

“It’s exceedingly rare in Manhattan,” she added.

Park rangers were on hand to help manage the crowd of bird lovers and make sure they kept a respectful distance from the owl, according to Barrett.


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