Birders descend on Newport to look at owls

In Newport, thereís a new celebrity around town. Itís of the fluffy and feathered type, attracting flocks of bird paparazzi to the area.

Bearing enormous, camouflaged lenses and binoculars, wearing plenty of layers, and Ė contrary to people paparazzi Ė trying to stay at a respectful distance, birders from as far as Pennsylvania have tried to get a glimpse of a great gray owl. First sighted in Newport on Feb. 25, the species is normally seen only in the boreal forests of Canada.
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