Southern California’s true snowbird?snowy owl to be exact

CYPRESS, Calif. (AP) — Snowbirds are common in Southern California in winter — unless they’re actually a bird. A snowy owl, to be exact.

Flocks of bird watchers regularly turn up to a neighborhood in Orange County to stare at a snowy owl, which is commonly found in the Arctic, Canada and several northern U.S. states.

Its current home is a rooftop perch in the balmy city of Cypress.

“As a bird watcher, it’s absolutely unique,” Vic Leipzig, who teaches ornithology at Saddleback College, told the Orange County Register this week.

Local bird experts speculate the owl may have arrived in Southern California by boat or it may have been an escaped captive bird, the newspaper reported.

“It’s a beautiful thing,” Leipzig said. “I’m so thrilled to have so many people standing there watching this.”

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