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snowy owl in Seattle

Photo and story by JiaYing Grygiel

Is it Hedwig? There’s a snowy owl in Seattle

Grab your Harry Potter lovers (and binoculars) and head for Lower Queen Anne.

Attention Harry Potter fans! There’s a snowy owl in Seattle.

Hedwig’s doppelgänger has been spotted flying around Queen Anne the past week. (Snowy owls are native to the Arctic and mainly live on the tundra.)

We saw this rare bird today on a rooftop at First Avenue West and Boston Street. Grab your binoculars and go on a snowy owl scavenger hunt! The key is to look for a big group of people staring at a house, and that’s where the snowy owl is.


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About the Author

JiaYing Grygiel

JiaYing Grygiel is the mama of two boys, 8 and 4, and a freelance photographer and writer. Her work has appeared in Seattle's Child, The Bellingham Herald and The Philadelphia Inquirer. She previously worked as an editor for and The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and now blogs at