Monthly Archives: December 2011

December 30, 2011 – great gray owl

Back in the early 90’s, I saw a GREAT GRAY OWL.  It was up near Tobermory, on the Bruce Peninsula.  I was thrilled.  I have never seen another one, until today. 

This northern, mostly boreal owl, occasionally dips southward some winters.  This year one has shown up along a country road near Kingsville, Ontario.  It has been frequently this area since just before Christmas.  This is the mostly southernly record in Ontario for this species.

It is the largest of Canada’s owl species, but feeds mostly on mice and small rodents.

Today there were numurous people with binoculars, cameras and scopes, standing around in awe and wonder of this magnificent bird.  It is only a 2-lane road and the cars have to take turns maneuvering thru that busy portion of the road.  It has been like this every day since the bird was discovered.

I wonder how long the bird will remain in the area. 

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December 29, 2011 – afternoon drive

The end of the year is fast-approaching; so, too, is the new year.  I am trying to take advantage of the time I have before I have to start back to work (Jan 2nd)  This afternoon, I drove west of town to where the SNOWY OWLS were seen over the Christmas weekend.  I could not find one today.  From there I drove down to Melbourne to see what might be around.  NORTHERN HARRIERS, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS and RED-TAILED HAWKS were scattered around in the area.

I took this picture of a RED-TAILED HAWK.

When I got home I checked out the birds at my feeder and saw a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK come gliding in across the marsh.  He pulled up and landed on the brush pile out behind the house.  But before I could get my camera, it was GONE!!!


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December 28, 2011 – photos from the back yard

I took these photos from the backyard.

This is fun.

Going to head out and have a look for the SNOWY OWLS this afternoon.  And tomorrow I am hoping to go see the GREAT GRAY OWL.


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December 27, 2011 – wet birding

Today I birded in the rain.  Walked woodlots and along streams getting soaked.  The rain turned to snow and still I walked and rode around looking for birds.  Interesting were the number on NORTHERN FLICKERS we saw – 6 in total.  Also, a RUSTY BLACKBIRD flew towards us and landed on a telephone wire right overhead.  Later in the day, I found a BALD EAGLES nest with two adult BALDS.  It is fairly close to the road and would have made a great picture.


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