Last updated: January 11. 2014 11:01PM - 2737 Views
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The current influx of snowy owls into Pennsylvania has generated a lot of interest from readers. Just the fact that an owl from the arctic tundra region is showing up in Pennsylvania has many people on the lookout, and they are seeing them firsthand.

There are a few things that are really striking about snowy owls. The large, yellow eyes seem to hypnotize anyone who shares a glance with the creature, while the stark white plumage gives the mysterious owl an appropriately ghost-like appearance.

Because the snowy owl hails from a region relatively devoid of people, it doesn’t have a fear of humans like most wildlife. If you do see one, appreciate the encounter but do so at a safe distance. While the owls that are showing up in Pennsylvania appear to be in good shape, any bit of added disturbance should be avoided.

Even when sitting on a rooftop, the snowy owl still retains its wild appearance. The first photo was taken by Jennifer George on Jan. 6 when she was fortunate enough to spot this snowy owl perched on a rooftop in Allentown.

The other photo was taken by Nick Sedon last week at the Hazleton Airport. Sedon enhanced the photo to show the crisp detail of the snowy owl. It’s an image that will be remembered by many even long after our arctic visitors head back to the tundra.

Capture anything interesting on your handheld or trail camera? A nice buck, bear, coyote or any other wildlife? We’d love to see it. Each week, we’ll run photos from a reader’s trail camera on the Sunday Outdoors page. Email your photo, along with date and area it was taken (township is fine), and any other details to tvenesky@timesleader.com.

— Tom Venesky

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