Wednesday, February 26, 2014

West End Snowy Owls with Always and Adventure

Feb 25, 2014

Today there were Rick, Josh, me, Tony and Nina.

We began at the Sarsaparilla Trail where we only saw a few common species.  So we soon headed out towards Richmond to look for Snowy Owls.

We were not disappointed!  The first one was low in a tree close to the road.  Another was on a utility pole and a third was on a distant fence post.

We carried on to Munster Side Road, then returned via Trail Road Dump.  Finally we went to Hilda, where there were an incredible 4 Snowshoe Hares.

Bird List
  1. Mourning Dove
  2. Black-capped Chickadee
  3. Red-breasted Nuthatch
  4. Northern Shrike
  5. Snow Bunting
  6. Wild Turkey
  7. Horned Lark
  8. Blue Jay
  9. Common Raven
  10. Red-tailed Hawk
  11. European Starling
  12. American Crow
  13. Hairy Woodpecker
  14. Downy Woodpecker
  15. Dark-eyed Junco
  16. White-breasted Nuthatch

East End Snowy Owls Take 2

Feb 23, 2014

The Venturers were in the Adirondacks, and we were returning by Cornwall - a perfect opportunity to check out the Snowy Owls.

We found one right away on a utility pole, but it took off before everyone got a good look.

Then Austin noticed several cars on a side road which could only mean one thing - another Snowy.  We drove down and were disappointed to see several photographers out in the field close to the owl in a low bush.  After a few minutes, the owl flew down to the ground a short distance away.  One of the photographers started to head back to the car, and the owl flew right up behind him looking for a handout.

We had seen enough, and it was time to go home anyway.

East End Snowy Owls

Feb 17, 2014

Even with hundreds in the Ottawa area, I had not seen many.  So I decided my best bet was the usual location in the east end near Casselman.

I saw a distant one in a field on the ground.  Then a second one on a snow bank.  Finally a third one on a utility pole.  Success!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Gatineau Escarpment & The Steel Line with Always an Adventure

Thursday Feb 6

Just Josh and I braved the cold to ride with Tony & Nina today.  The number of birds seen was low, but 3 Golden Eagles and 2 Bald Eagles made for a great day in the field.  We also had a few Red-tailed Hawks and single Rough-legged Hawk and Northern Shrike.

Bird List

  1. Wild Turkey
  2. Red-tailed Hawk
  3. House Sparrow
  4. American Crow
  5. Blue Jay
  6. European Starling
  7. Rock Pigeon
  8. Snow Bunting
  9. Golden Eagle
  10. Common Raven
  11. Bald Eagle
  12. Purple Finch
  13. American Goldfinch
  14. Rough-legged Hawk
  15. Northern Shrike
  16. Bufflehead
  17. Common Goldeneye
  18. Common Merganser