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.
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 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.
Before I started bird photography I never realized how many owls there were in Ottawa and the area. Here’s a sample of the few breeds around town. These animals blend perfectly into the trees and are almost impossible to find even when you know where to look. Some of the local owls. Barred, Northern Hawk, […]