Owl, Hawk and Redpolls / Long Lens Day 3: January 2021

I headed out to Downsview Park on this day to explore and, hopefully, photograph some birds with my rented long lens and mirrorless camera.

In the first hour I found exactly one bird … a distant Mockingbird.

Northern Mockingbird

After that, things picked up as I found about two dozen Redpolls harvesting weed seeds:

Common Redpolls (male)
Common Redpoll (male)
Common Redpolls
Common Redpoll (female)
Common Redpoll (male)
Common Redpoll (male)
Common Redpoll (male)

I particularly like this apparent affection between two birds:

Common Redpolls (male)

Next I came across a feeder:

Dark-eyed Junco (male) and American Tree Sparrow
Mourning Dove
Dark-eyed Junco (male)
American Tree Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco (male)
American Tree Sparrow
American Tree Sparrow
Northern Cardinal (female)
American Tree Sparrow

Other birds:

Hairy Woodpecker (male)
European Starling
Black-capped Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee

On my first visit to Downsview Park I photographed this Long-eared Owl:

Long-eared Owl

Today I found a Barred Owl:

Barred Owl
Barred Owl
Barred Owl
Barred Owl
Barred Owl

and a Red-tailed Hawk:

Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk

NATURE POETRY

One must have a mind of winter
To regard the frost and the boughs
Of the pine-trees crusted with snow.               – Wallace Stevens (1879–1955)

Miles Hearn


8 thoughts on “Owl, Hawk and Redpolls / Long Lens Day 3: January 2021

  1. Gloria James

    The camera really shows the details on the birds. It reminds me of the change of television screens to high definition. Thanks. Today is a good day to be an armchair bird watcher!

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  2. Diana Sernick

    I wonder if you were at Downsview Park yesterday. I was there with a couple of friends. Saw the owl, hawk and redpolls as well…so exciting! You got much better photos than I did – your new lens is great.

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  3. Lou-Anne Kurchak

    Great shots Miles. Amazing how many owls you have seen this winter. Lucky you! Would a red tailed hawk go after a barred owl? Just wondering.

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