Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Owl Woods • March 25

Northern Saw-whet Owl. I got pictures of two of the four saw-whets in the Woods today.  This is the first owl.

Can you spot the owl?

There it is!

Northern Saw-whet Owl. This is the second owl. It is in what is known as "concealment pose". It is actually looking in my direction, but it has its left wing drawn across its face, like Dracula's cape. This is a sign that the owl is rather stressed. It eventually calmed down and when I saw it again later in the afternoon it had returned to a normal pose and was asleep.

Snowy Owl. Owl Woods is on Braddock Bay, which is in turn on Lake Ontario. The bay is starting to melt and as result now hosts thousands and thousands of Canada Geese and other water birds. From the dock this Snowy Owl was looking on, hoping to catch a meal.

Snowy Owl. Now that these birds are definitely moving back north, we are getting a front row seat to the parade. As a result, Snowy Owl sighting in our area may spike for a week or two before finally trailing off to zero.