Barbara, Ross & I went to
on Tuesday. We left a few minutes after and caught the ferry. Amherst Island
The car behind us in line was that of Paul O'Toole, who was taking some visiting photographers from
to the KFN preserve to photograph Snowy Owls. Ross chatted him up and soon got an invitation for us to come along. Pennsylvania
We went directly to the KFN property, passing one Snowy Owl along the way. We hiked all around the property and saw another seven Snowy Owls including two males that were nearly all white.
There was little else to see except for small flocks of Long-tailed Ducks and Common Goldeneye off shore.
We went to Owl Woods, had lunch and hiked in on the very muddy trail. In spite of intensive searching, we did not see a single owl! The highlight was a Red-bellied Woodpecker high in a tree at the feeder.
We cruised the back roads, but raptors seen were few. We saw three each of Rough-legged Hawks and Northern Harriers. We saw two Red-tailed Hawks and a single American Kestrel.
We went downThere was no snow, only rain until we got well onto the 416, so the driving was not that bad.
Front Road at ,and stopped when we saw the Pennsylvanian photographers. They had located the Short-eared Owls, and we were delighted to see about a dozen drifting about the fields in the fading light and drizzle.