On February 13th I recorded all 4 northern owls in one day in the Ottawa 50 km radius, my first time ever and also one of the few times I've recorded the 3 boreal forest owls in one day too. Unfortunately the down side of all the excitement was the issue of baiting owls. This began with the Great Gray owls along the Rockcliffe Parkway at Green's Creek and continued with the Northern Hawk-Owl at Old Quarry Trail. Even the Boreal Owl at FWG was taunted with a mouse. The big question for many was..Is this practice ethical?
The first south bound Boreal Owl was reported during November and by mid January it was apparent that a small movement was underway.
Not all were found hidden in spruce or cedar trees. This individual was roosting in a deciduous tree all day.
A Northern Hawk-Owl takes flight.
The Northern Hawk-Owl is a rare but regular winter visitor to eastern Ontario. The first ones were reported in November and others were found during mid January to early March scattered around eastern Ontario.
This Northern Hawk-Owl spent much of its day roosting in a tamarack stand where it had cached many of the domestic mice it was baited with during the day.
The Northern Hawk-Owl devours a domestic mouse that it had cached in a old platform nest.