Short-eared Owl by the Guild Inn: October 22, 2020

We were fortunate this morning to have a Short-eared Owl fly just over our heads and then out over Lake Ontario perhaps as part of migration. As light rain was falling, I did not have my camera prepared. The photos are from various on-line sources.

Short-eared Owl (from birdnote)

When milk was still sold in quart bottles, I heard this owl described as the “flying milk bottle” because of its rounded head and whitish colouration.

Short-eared Owl (from blogspot)

Short-eared Owls are rare to locally uncommon and fly low over expansive open fields, grasslands and marshes. As suggested by their wide global distribution, Short-eared Owls can travel long distances over vast expanses of ocean. Witnesses have reported seeing these owls descending on ships hundreds of miles from land.

Short-eared Owl (from birdscalgary)

Other birds:

Canada Geese
Black-capped Chickadee
White-throated Sparrow
Red-breasted Mergansers
1000’s of Red-breasted Mergansers
Red-tailed Hawk
American Goldfinch
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin in Autumn Olive
American Robin
American Robin
American Robin

Bird species list: common loon, Canada goose, mallard, red-breasted merganser, ring-billed gull, red-tailed hawk, short-eared owl, northern flicker, hairy woodpecker, blue jay, black-capped chickadee, white-breasted nuthatch, red-breasted nuthatch, Carolina wren, American robin, ruby-crowned kinglet, golden-crowned kinglet, European starling, house sparrow, red-winged blackbird, northern cardinal, American goldfinch, white-throated sparrow, song sparrow. (24 species)

Park scenes:

insect activity evidence under fallen bark

Some botany:

Red Maple (Acer rubra)
Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum)
Norway Maple (Acer platanoides)
Heart-leaved Aster (Symphyotrichum cordifolium))
Heart-leaved Aster (Symphyotrichum cordifolium))
Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus inserta)
Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)
American Beech (Fagus grandifolia)
White Ash (Fraxinus americana)
Round-leaved Dogwood (Cornus foemina)
Marginal Fern
Autumn-olive (Elaeagnus umbellata)
Shelf mushrooms
Red Raspberry (Rubus strigosus)
Red Oak (Quercus Rubra)
Dog-strangling Vine (Vincetoxicum rossicum)
Canada Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis)
Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora)
Spindletree (Euonymus europaea)

Today’s group:


Now by great marshes wrapt in mist,
Or Now past some river’s mouth,
Throughout the long, still autumn day
Wild birds are flying south.                        – Wilfred Campbell (1858–1819)              

Miles Hearn

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