Snowy owl makes guest appearance on traffic camera

A snowy owl made a stunning surprise appearance on a traffic camera in Montreal, Quebec last week. This lovely young female owl was most likely searching for a perch over Montreal's Highway 40. The video was captured on January 3, but wasn't released to the public until Transport Minister Robert Poëti tweeted the video Thursday.

Snowy owls make their home high up in the Arctic during the summer, according to the National Audubon Society. They migrate south to Canada and occasionally the northern United States for the winter. The owls like freeways, as well as farmland and airports, because the large open land allow them to catch their favorite prey, field mice. Snowy owls are beautiful creatures, and luckily they arne't going away any time soon. While their population is on the decline, the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species lists the snowy owl as a low risk species.

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