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Rare feathered friend visits East Haven: wtnh.com

Rare feathered friend visits East Haven

Updated: Wednesday, 16 Nov 2011, 6:48 PM EST
Published : Wednesday, 16 Nov 2011, 6:48 PM EST

  • Erin Logan

East Haven, Conn. (WTNH) – It’s unusually warm for mid-November and with that an unusual guest has appeared in East Haven, one that’s usually associated with the snow and comes from the tundra.

“I’ve been looking and looking and nothing appeared for two years,” said Linda Sordilla.

Now, the white owl has returned and has been in East Haven for almost two days.

Sordilli says she normally sees the owls later in the year.

“Later, when it gets colder,” said Sordilli. “It’s too early. Too early in the season, but it’s beautiful to see something so unusual and rare.”

Sordilli says it didn’t take bird watchers long to catch on to where the white owl has been hanging out.

John Schwarz got the word online from other bird lovers.

“I went down to Stratford a few years ago to see one that was reported there,” said Schwarz. “I went twice and missed it both times.”

Schwarz says it’s important to keep your distance.

“Owls are sensitive to crowds,” said Schwarz. “They’re unpredictable in behavior. We know if you get too close to a roosting area, owls may very well leave that area and go somewhere else and when they’re nesting, that could disturb the whole nesting circle.”

“Obviously he’s pretty happy,” said Sordilli. “He’s still here and we let him do his thing. We’re just enjoying him.”

Sordilli, Schwarz and other bird lovers are hoping the white owl will stay for a while, and bird experts say it’s not unusual for them to stay in a general area for up to a few months at a time

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