Were there any owls at Downsview this morning? Dec. 14, 2022

Downsview Park is probably the best place to see owls in our area in winter. Last year, during learn4life walks, we found four species.

Short-eared Owl
Barred Owl
Northern Saw-whet Owl
Long-eared Owl

With that in mind, I drove to Downsview this morning and looked in all of the most likely spots. No luck. I will schedule walks here for January and February and, hopefully, some owls will appear.

Park scenes:

Some botany:

Cat-tail (Typha)
Larch (Larix decidua)
Amur Maple (Acer ginnala)
Great Burdock (Arctium lappa)
Manitoba Maple (Acer negundo)
Firethorn (Pyracantha)
Manitoba Maple (Acer negundo)
English Oak (Quercus robur)
Phragmites (Phragmites australis)
Teasle (Dipsacus fullonum)
Trembling Aspen (Populus tremuloides)
Queen Anne’s-lace (Daucus carota)
Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)
Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia)
Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia)
Black Walnut (Juglans nigra)
Canada Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis)
Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)
Hop-hornbeam (Ostrya virginiana)
Linden (Tilia cordata)
Silver Maple (Acer sachharinum)
White Birch (Betula papyrifera)
Red Ash (Fraxinus pensylvanica)


“The crow wished everything was black, the Owl, that everything was white.” ~ William Blake

Miles Hearn

2 thoughts on “Were there any owls at Downsview this morning? Dec. 14, 2022

  1. Elizabeth Hanna

    Many thanks for photos of owls that you didn’t see yesterday, but are delightful in their diversity of expressions… I laughed out loud and… as always, for photos that help me slow down and see the quiet beauty all around us that it is so easy to walk past and ignore

  2. Lisa Volkov

    I sure hope I get to see owls this winter! If not, I know there will be many wonderful buds and other things. I sure hope they haven’t been completely scared away (the owls, not the buds!) I also hope to see a Snowy Owl at Col. Samuel Smith park. Well, there are no guarantees, of course, but I sure hope there will be pictures at least! But yeah–I wanna see the owls. It’s a “major attraction”!


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