Long-eared Owl at Downsview Park: Early January 2021

As a teenager, I took the long TTC trip from Scarborough to Downsview Air Force Base every Thursday evening to rehearse with the RCAF Band.

The Base has now been turned into an extensive park with many trails both paved and dirt. I had a look at it on this day.

Squirrel

I have noticed that the people who have the most success in finding owls closely examine every thicket of evergreens.

I did just that and was pleased to have an owl fly just in front of me. I followed it from shrub to shrub:

Long-eared Owl
Long-eared Owl
Long-eared Owl
Long-eared Owl
Long-eared Owl
Long-eared Owl

Eventually this Long-eared Owl seemed to have confidence in me and allowed me to approach:

Long-eared Owl
Long-eared Owl
Long-eared Owl
Long-eared Owl
Long-eared Owl
Long-eared Owl
Long-eared Owl

Long-eared Owls are considered rare and are found in forested areas in both Europe and North America. In Ontario, they are most frequently found in fall and winter.

Long-eared Owl

Other birds:

European Starlings
European Starling
European Starlings
European Starlings
European Starlings
Black-capped Chickadee
Northern Cardinal (female)
Northern Cardinal (female)
Rock Pigeons
Rock Pigeons
Rock Pigeons
American Tree Sparrow
American Tree Sparrow
American Tree Sparrow
American Tree Sparrow

NATURE POETRY

Ring out false pride in place and blood,
The civic slander and the spite;
Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.              – Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809–92)

Miles Hearn

6 thoughts on “Long-eared Owl at Downsview Park: Early January 2021

  1. Lisa Volkov

    Fantastic, absolutely fantastic (and for real!) Miles! Wonderful pictures. What a great way to start the day (and I guess the New Year, too). Thank you so much!

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  2. Susan Richardson

    thanks, Miles – must get way out there some time. Thanks for the great tips on how to find these beautiful owls and your super photos.

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  3. Debi

    Beautiful captures of these birds especially the owl 🦉! A friend who has been birding with you shared your email posts. Very much enjoyed.

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