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Broad Channel hears a hoot

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Posted: Thursday, February 27, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 5:03 pm, Mon Mar 3, 2014.

It may not be peak birding season, but those who enjoy looking at the feathered fauna in the borough should grab their coats and goggles and head for Jamaica Bay.

The snowy owl is showing up in droves around the bay as of late.

“It’s the largest irruption of owls I’ve seen in my forty years of birding,” said Don Riepe, Director of the NY Chapter for the American Littoral Society, who took this picture of the bird, which is native to the Arctic, in Broad Channel last weekend.

The owl’s arrival has been controversial. In December, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey approved the killing of the creatures, claiming they pose a risk to air travel. The agency agreed to stop after an outcry.

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