Distant Snowy Owl and Close-up Scaup: Feb 9, 2022

Years ago, I took my son to a junior hockey game in Beauport near Quebec City. The team was called the “Harfang de Beauport”. In English that is a Snowy Owl.

This morning’s group at Col. Sam Smith Park all had a distant view of an “harfang” from several angles.

Snowy Owl
Snowy Owl
Snowy Owl
Snowy Owl
Snowy Owl

Great Scaup are often seen in great “rafts” out in the lake.

Greater Scaup
Greater Scaup

We were fortunate to find a few very close to shore.

Greater Scaup (female)
Greater Scaup (male)
Greater Scaup (female)
Greater Scaup (female)
Greater Scaup (male)
Greater Scaup (female
Greater Scaup (male) with crustacean

Other birds:

House Sparrow (male)
Mourning Dove
House Sparrow (male)
American Robin
European Starling
European Starlings
Bufflehead (male)
American Black Duck (male)
Long-tailed Duck (male)
Mute Swan
Buffleheads
Mourning Dove
American Black Duck (male)
Mute Swans
Common Goldeneye (female)
American Robin with Sumac

Ice fisherman:

Today’s group:

MAILBOX

Good day Miles,

This is a very interesting article.
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NATURE POETRY

Thou sing’st alone on the bare wintry bough,
As if Spring with its leaves were around thee now;
And its voice that was heard in the laughing rill,
And the breeze as it whispered o’er meadow and hill.      – Jones Very (1813–80)

Miles Hearn

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