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Posted March 17. 2017 12:05PM

Birders descend on Newport to look at owls

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In Newport, there’s a new celebrity around town. It’s 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 – contrary to people paparazzi – 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.