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.
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.
At the Fletcher Wildlife Garden there had been sightings of a barred owl. I found it in a tree on the far side of a ravine. After taking a few pictures some fighting squirrels spooked it and it flew into a tree about 12 feet from me. Very rare treat.