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This morning I went to the Edwin B. Forsythe Wildlife Refuge once again. The sky was cloudy and temperature was just above freezing. I saw several cars stopped on Wildlife Drive, and people out of them aiming their big zoom lenses at a a bird. I parked my car and got out.

“Aren’t we lucky today,” said someone behind me.

“What is it?” I asked.

“A snowy owl!”

The snowy owl lives in areas around the North pole. This year, for some reason, they have been sighted in states as far south as North Carolina. A few have died in collisions with airplanes.

Here are two shots of this bird, which, by the way, appears in Harry Potter’s films.