Owl Ears at Downsview Park: January 24, 2022

This was my 3rd TDSB group visit to Downsview Park and, once again, both Short and Long-eared Owls were easy to find.

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

What appear to be ears on these owls are actually tufts made up of feathers. I’m told that these are display feathers which indicate an owl’s mood, sort of like how a cat swivels its ears to signify how it feels.

Short-eared Owl
Long-eared Owl

Other birds:

American Tree Sparrow
Black-capped Chickadee
American Tree Sparrow
American Tree Sparrow
American Tree Sparrow
Black-capped Chickadee
American Tree Sparrow

Park scenes:

Some botany:

Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)
Canada Goldenrod (Solidago canadense)
Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)
White Elm (Ulmus americana)
Teasle (Dipsacus fullonum)
Reed Canary Grass (Phalaris arundinacea)
Hawthorn (Crataegus)
Swamp White Oak (Quercus bicolor)
White Spruce (Picea glauca)
Linden (Tilia cordata)
Silver Maple (Acer sachharinum)

Today’s group:

Judy-Ann Cazemier has been attending TDSB walks for a number of years. She is a first class photographer who was and is very helpful to me in my own photography.

Judy has just published a book which is a tour of bird life through Toronto’s best known parks. Some of the stories and photos come from our walks.

I highly recommend it!

The link is: https://judy-ann-cazemier-photography.square.site/

NATURE POETRY

Here in the time of the Winter morn, Love,
I see the Sunlit leaves of changing hue
Burn clear against a sky of tender blue,
Here in the time of the Winter morn, Love.     – William H.A. Moore (published in 1922)

Miles Hearn

1 thought on “Owl Ears at Downsview Park: January 24, 2022

  1. Lisa Volkov

    So, let me state the obvious:
    Downsview Park really IS the place to see Owls! I look forward to being able to get there at some point.

    Reply

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