News 4 viewer catches glimpse of rare owl in Metro East

News 4 viewer catches glimpse of rare owl in Metro East

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News 4 viewer catches glimpse of rare owl in Metro East

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on November 30, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 8 at 4:53 AM

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (KMOV.com) – A News 4 viewer captured a snowy owl sitting on a post along a roadway in the Glen Carbon and Edwardsville area.

According to an article published by STLToday.com, it is rare to see these owls in southern Illinois. In February a snowy owl was seen in Elsberry, Missouri.

But while it is rare to see them in southern Illinois and Missouri, there have been reports of sightings in Texas and Georgia.

The birds can grow over 2-feet tall and sports an extremely white coat of feathers. They typically nest on the ground.

They eat small rodents, but have been known to go after larger prey like rabbits and squirrels in the winter.

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