The barred owl has finally fledged. It happened in the morning and i caught up with it in the evening as it was surveying its new world from a tree limb. One surprise of the day is that there is another baby in the nest that should be fledging soon.
Every spring a pair of barred owls return to the greenbelt in the west end to rear a brood of chicks. This year there is one fledgling in the nest. The mother and father take turns bringing the chick a selection of chipmunks, voles, snakes, and squirrels to get nice and strong.
Spring is in full swing at Mud Lake. The screech owls are nesting. The pileated woodpeckers are digging for insects. The turtles are pulling themselves out the icy waters and basking on logs. Flocks of bohemian ans cedar waxwings are feasting on last years berries.
A black-capped chickadee with leucsim has been hanging around Sarsaparilla Trail in the Ottawa greenbelt. As Spring has arrived the garter snakes have been coming out of hibernation and the wild turkeys have been strutting their stuff.
All the birds seem to be coming back at once. The marshes are loud with the sound of red winged blackbirds. The Eastern Screech Owl has returned to his afternoon sunning tree, and the barred owls are back in their regular nesting hole preparing for a batch of owlets.
Pintail ducks at the Mud Lake conservation area. First time seeing them. Was also testing a new polarizing filter I purchased specifically for shooting ducks and other birds where there is a lot of glare.
A small weekend trip onto an island in Lake Ontario. The island is the winter home of Snowy Owls, and Short Eared Owls. Other sightings this weekend were Saw Whet Owls and Barred. The island also has a lot of Red Tailed hawks, Goshawks, and Rough Legged Hawks.