RYE, N.H. (AP) — Snowy owls are causing a stir in southern Maine and the New Hampshire seacoast.
Kristen Lamb of the Center for Wildlife in York, Maine, told the Portsmouth Herald (http://bit.ly/19EZbzl) that the last time the region saw so many of the yellow-eyed, snow-white owls was in 1943, and this year could be a record-breaker.
The owls live in the Arctic, but when their population spikes or the lemmings they eat are scarce, young birds fly south. Bird-watchers recently reported sightings in dozens of locations across the Midwest, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states as far south as Cape Hatteras, N.C.
The wildlife center in York has cared for three weak snowy owls found along the coast. One was rehabilitated and released but two others died.
Information from: Portsmouth Herald, http://www.seacoastonline.com