Despite a cool, wet, dreary day the birds are on the move! In the Ottawa area, I was fortunate enough to observe 3 Snowy Owls. This is part of an extensive south bound movement over north-eastern United States, the Great Lake region and south eastern Ontario. It's hard to be certain how many will pass through the region or stay, only time will tell. It appears that many are juveniles. Last winter Snowy Owls were almost absent from eastern Ontario except for a few at traditional locations. I also had 2 Barrow's Goldeneye at Deschenes Rapids off Britannia Point.