The birding on Wolfe island was very good today with a total of 9 Snowy Owls. Again it was amazing to see no snow cover, felt like spring time! The hawk numbers were low but we saw 1 Cooper's Hawk, 1 Merlin, 1 American Kestrel, 8 Rough-legged Hawk, 6 Red-tailed Hawk, 8 Northern Harrier and 3 Bald Eagle. With the lake being wide open, water birds were not concentrated. Highlights included 1 Common Loon off the south shore of Wolfe Island. Back on the mainland at Elevator Bay there was a good concentration of ducks including Redhead, Canvasback, both Lesser and Great Scaup, Ring-necked Duck, and Hooded Merganser. Also in the area were 350+ Gadwall, 9 American Wigeon, 9 American Coot and 1 Belted Kingfisher.
With no snow cover its hard to hide.
Snowy Owl in flight.
A Snowy Owl, living in harmony?
Bald Eagles continue to increase across eastern Ontario.
The Northern Shrike is a regular winter visitor to eastern Ontario.
The Merlin is a rare winter resident in eastern Ontario.
In the Kingston area the Gadwall can sometimes be one of the most common puddle ducks during the winter months.
A male Common Merganser in flight.