Arctic snowy owl spotted on Ballard rooftop

Arctic snowy owl spotted on Ballard rooftop

Credit: KING 5 viewer MnemeImaging

Arctic snowy owl spotted on Ballard rooftop

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on January 3, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 3 at 1:46 PM

SEATTLE -- Some Seattle residents got a rare show from Mother Nature: An Arctic snowy owl making the rounds in the Ballard neighborhood.

KING 5 viewer MnemeImaging snapped photos of the owl as it snuggled next to a heating vent atop a roof of a bungalow on 7th Avenue Northwest near Northwest 67th Street on December 30. 

While it first wasn't seen by people on the street , about three dozen screaming crows nearby gave the owl away.

"Neighbors gathered and were able to admire and photograph the stunning bird for about 30 minutes before he flew off into the sunset," said  MnemeImaging.

The owl was first spotted in the neighborhood on December 29 hanging out atop a church roof across from the library, reports MyBallard.com.

According to The Seattle Times, a rare influx of Arctic owls are spending the winter in the Puget Sound area. Sightings have been pouring in from across the region, from Skagit County to the Pacific Coast. Most recently, an owl was spotted atop a Pacaar truck plant in Renton.

The snowy owls are expected to stay in the region until about March, mostly feedingon voles and other small animals, resting and fattening before returning to the Arctic for breeding season.

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