As the following story notes, Snowy owls are supposed to be in the Arctic right now, but I suspect this one just wanted to check out Manhattan, where she is now resting comfortably.
Snowy owls normally spend their summers in the Arctic, but on Monday one of the white-feathered raptors was discovered in an unlikely location: a courtyard at New York City’s Rikers Island jail complex.
A correction officer found the female bird after seeing it land near a laundry facility for one of the island’s jails. A New York City Correction Department spokesman said Tuesday that the bird appeared to be in distress with a drooping wing and suffering from dehydration. It was transported to the Wild Bird Fund in Manhattan for help….
The snowy owl is now beating the heat and recuperating at the bird rescue organization, which on Tuesday was celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, a conservation law that protects birds across the country.
Executive Director Rita McMahon said the snowy owl—named Lorax, after the eco-friendly character in the Dr. Seuss book and film—had parasites and a small sore on her foot but was recuperating with fluids and a diet of mice.
The organization was still trying to figure out why the bird, who is around 2 to 3 years old, was still in New York City in the summer.
“This is the mystery: She should not be here at this time of year,” she said. “She’s not meant for these climates, she’s meant for the Arctic.”….
Ms. McMahon’s organization had 6,000 patients last year, half of which were pigeons. The other half includes 120 different species of birds.
In January, they rehabilitated a long-eared owl who flew into a building in Manhattan. A few days later, they released it into Central Park.
“New Yorkers really care, you would be amazed the trouble people go to try and save a little bluebird they found on the street,” Ms. McMahon said. “The most frequent thing we hear from them is, ‘Thank God you’re here.’ ”