Snowy Owl still at Col. Sam Smith: Feb. 6, 2023

While Saw-whet, Short-eared and Long-eared Owls are not being seen often this winter, you can almost guarantee seeing a Snowy at Col. Sam Smith Park. Likely this is because the owls favourite perch is some distance from land and is safely surrounded by water. It has been warm enough that an excursion out onto the ice for a closer look would be foolish.

Snowy Owl
Snowy Owl
Snowy Owl
Snowy Owl

Other birds:

Red-breasted Merganser (female)
Mallard (male)
Long-tailed Duck (male)
Mute Swans
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Greater Scaup (male)
American Black Ducks
Greater Scaup
Mute Swan with Greater Scaup
Mallard (male)
Long-tailed Ducks (female)
European Starling
Common Goldeneye (female)
American Crows
Long-tailed Duck (female)
Horned Grebe
Bufflehead (male)

Today’s group:


 . . . February, a form
Pale-vestured, wildly fair,—
One of the North Wind’s daughters,
With icicles in her hair.                         – Edgar Fawcett (1847–1904)

Miles Hearn

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