It was a once-in-a-lifetime sighting (maybe): a snow owl sitting on a ball field in the middle of hopeless pandemic Manhattan.

What has it been doing since the last picture of a snow owl in Central Park in mid-December Was recorded in 1890? David Barrett, who runs the Manhattan Bird Alert account, suggested that the bird thought the sand in the field was likely a beach. However, I believe that owls are a little bit smarter. Once again, that ghost owl was probably an omen. Not a threatening one.

Snowy owls stand for endurance, according to the first thing that came up when you googled. “It leads to big dreams … it speaks of prophecy and fulfillment. It shows that willpower at all times helps make all dreams come true.” This owl is New York Tough and Strong, and I don’t know, sounds a little naive.

But maybe it was a signal to be hopeful, and while it’s gone now, this owl – who may or may not have just blessed the city – lives in these photos.

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