Screech owls like to hang out in the holes or crevices of dead or dying trees. Their camouflage makes them initially very difficult to find. They do, however, keep returning to their favourite roosting spots. Unfortunately once their roosting spots decay and collapse you might go months between sightings until you find their replacement home.
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.
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.
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.
Finally a sunny day. A quick visit to the Fletcher Wildlife Garden found the barred owl and an acrobatic squirrel. Then before the sun went down a quick return to Kanata to get the snowy owls before the sun set.