Snowy Owl at Humber Bay: Feb 25, 2022

With windy conditions of -10 degrees, blowing and falling snow and sheer ice just under the snow, I wondered if anyone would appear at 10 am for our walk.

Happily, three walkers did arrive:

We found a good selection of ducks, geese, gulls and swans but discovered a real beauty at the end of the walk. A Snowy Owl was standing on ice by a fallen tree trunk in Mimico Creek.

Snowy Owl (female)

Snowy Owls are bigger than Red-tailed Hawks and stand 20 – 27 inches in height.

Snowy Owl (female)
Snowy Owl (female)

Snowy Owls spend the summer in Arctic tundra.

Snowy Owl (female)
Snowy Owl (female)
Snowy Owl (female)
Snowy Owl (female)

Thank-you to Judy-Ann Cazemier for this photo:

Miles Hearn with Snowy Owl Humber Bay Park West

Other birds:

Red-breasted merganser (male)
Long-tailed Ducks
Common Merganser (male)
Mute Swan
Pekin Duck with Mallards
Redhead (male)
Northern Cardinal (female)
Ring-billed Gulls and two Herring Gulls (rear)
Northern Cardinal (female)
Ring-billed Gulls
Northern Cardinal (female)
mostly gulls
Northern Cardinal (male)
Greater Scaup (female)
Common Goldeneye (male)
American Black Duck (male)
Common Goldeneye (male)

MAILBOX

Hey Miles, as a newbie to birds I didn’t know starlings could mimic sounds so easily! I came across this video of a starling mimicking an amazon alexa and found it cool, yet slightly unnerving:

NATURE PROVERB

If February gives much snow,
A fine summer it doth foreshow.          

Miles Hearn      

3 thoughts on “Snowy Owl at Humber Bay: Feb 25, 2022

  1. Lisa Volkov

    It isn’t often that you are featured in a walk photo (unless you are alone because nobody turned up), much less with a Snowy Owl!

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