Was a Small Owl Found in the 2020 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree?

Saturday, 21 Nov, 2020

Just when you thought the year couldn't get any worse, the 2020 Rockefeller Christmas tree has officially been erected in New York City.

A Northern Saw-whet Owl is recovering at a wildlife refuge in NY state after it was discovered clinging to the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. Founder of the Wildlife Center, Ellen Kalish, spoke to the Washington Post about the owl's condition upon being brought to her.

The owl has been aptly named "Rockefeller". There are about 2 million saw-whet owls in the wild in the United States.

The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum said it's creating a "Rockefeller" bobblehead, inspired by the little bird discovered Monday in the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. Meanwhile, this person quipped, "I guess they don't want to waste a good tree on 2020".

While the Rockefeller tree is usually full of life & branches, this year, it's the exact opposite.

Now, it looks like Rockefeller Center isn't putting up with the jokes anymore.

However, some felt the look of the tree left a lot to be desired.

The owl will be released into the wild this weekend
The owl will be released into the wild this weekend

The appearance was also likened to the famously sad tree in A Charlie Brown Christmas. It took multiple workers and a construction crane to cut down the tree and get it ready for delivery.

The center then learned the woman's husband works for the company that transports and secures the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center.

"Let the holiday season begin!" the Rockefeller Center Instagram account proclaimed.

The tree will be decorated over the coming weeks.

A tree-lighting ceremony is scheduled for December 2 at 7 p.m. on NBC's "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" special.

The pandemic has spurred the cancellation of other NY holiday customs including the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. The tree that year came from Killingworth, Connecticut.