Bird watchers see rare snowy owl in western NC

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by The Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on December 12, 2013 at 3:14 PM

ROSMAN, N.C. (AP) -- At least 300 bird watchers have descended on a western North Carolina farm to get a rare glimpse of a snowy owl. 

The Times-News of Hendersonville reports (http://bit.ly/19EVjOx) birders from South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee traveled to Ricky Maybin's farm in the upper French Broad River valley to get what's described as the first known sighting of a snowy owl in western North Carolina in modern history. 

Maybin said he didn't know one bird could draw that much attention. He said he saw the owl last Saturday and thought it was one of the barn owls that usually nest on his farm. 

The owl, nicknamed Tundra, was found to have an elevated white blood cell count, and has been placed on antibiotics and is being hand-fed to increase her weight.
 

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