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Birders flock to Waterbury, Vt., to see rare owl

WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) Hundreds of birders have been flocking to the Vermont town of Waterbury to get a glimpse of a rare Northern owl hawk.

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The owl has been spotted on a snowy meadow off Vermont 100.

Kim Likakis, a birder and retired securities trader, drove nearly three hours from Bennington on Tuesday. She told the Burlington Free Press that the owl is the talk of Northern New England.

The Northern hawk owl usually lives in Canada, and other parts of the world like Norway, Finland and Siberia. The owls have been seen in Vermont in the past but it's uncommon for one to stay for the winter.

Experts surmise that the owl is likely in search of food.

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