A Great Horned Owlet – A Ways to Go – Our Final Visit

A Great Horned Owlet – A Ways to Go – Our Final Visit

great horned owl and owlet, markham, ontario

The Great Horned Owlet that Bob and I had been observing in Markham, Ontario, Canada, during the month of May 2021 was nearing 6 weeks of age.  We weren’t certain if it would still be in the woodlot where it hatched but figured it was worth a look. Read more

A Great Horned Owlet Hiding in Plain Sight – Visit 4

A Great Horned Owlet Hiding in Plain Sight – Visit 4

a great horned owl, markham, ontario

Bob and I refrained from visiting the Great Horned Owls in Markham, Ontario, Canada, for a few days.  From another person in the know about the owls’ location, we learned that the Great Horned owlet was becoming increasingly difficult to find. Read more

A Great Horned Owlet with Wanderlust – Visits 2 and 3

A Great Horned Owlet with Wanderlust – Visits 2 and 3

great horned owlet and adult in nest, markham, ontario

On May 12, Bob and I went to check on the Great Horned Owls’ nest previously observed in a Markham park in Ontario, Canada.  We found the 3-week old Great Horned owlet hunkered down out of sight.  After a few minutes, the owlet appeared over the lip of the nest and looked in our direction.  We were there and gone after 15 minutes. Read more

A Great Horned Owlet Newly Hatched – Visit 1

A Great Horned Owlet Newly Hatched – Visit 1

great horned owl, markham, ontario

In early spring, 2021, Bob and I were contacted by a friend who had been tipped off to the location of a Great Horned Owl in our midst.  It turned out that there was a pair of these owls raising a newly-hatched chick near the urban area of Markham, Ontario. Read more

Northern Hawk Owl Winters in Southern Ontario

Northern Hawk Owl Winters in Southern Ontario

northern hawk owl, schomberg, ontario

Northern Hawk Owls are denizens of boreal forests and rarely leave their breeding grounds.  Some winters, however, for lack of food in their normal habitat, Northern Hawk Owls will venture into southern Canada and even the northern United States.  In 2019, nature enthusiasts like ourselves were thrilled to have a Northern Hawk Owl show up in the village of Schomberg in southern Ontario. Read more

A Barred Owl in wintry Rouge National Urban Park

A Barred Owl in wintry Rouge National Urban Park

a barred owl, rouge national urban park, ontario

When I suggested a walk in Rouge National Urban Park one day, I jokingly said that maybe we would see an owl.  About an hour later, that prediction came true when I almost walked up to a beautiful Barred Owl sitting low in a small deciduous tree. Read more

A Northern Saw-whet Owl Takes Us By Surprise In Ontario

A Northern Saw-whet Owl Takes Us By Surprise In Ontario

a northern saw-whet owl in ontario, canada

The date was in mid-November, Bob’s birthday actually, and to mark the occasion, we decided to get out in the field for some birding.  Little did we know that a diminutive Northern Saw-whet Owl would make our day! Read more

On the Trail of Snowy Owls in Ontario

On the Trail of Snowy Owls in Ontario

snowy owl near brooklyn, ontario

An irruption of Snowy Owls in southern Ontario in the winter of 2017/2018 gave Bob and I huge expectations of seeing one.  Reports had been pouring in from all across the province, so we made plans to go touring with friends in the hopes of turning up a couple. Read more

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