The Great Gray Owl invasion continues in the Ottawa area. Today I did a quick run in the west end and found 5 Great Gray Owls. These birds were in areas that were concentration points or hots spots during previous Great Gray irruptions. Two of the locations had Great Gray Owls during past invasions in 1983-84, 1995-96, 2004-05 and this winter 2012-13. There is obviously an attraction to these areas. The most interesting was one individual only 2 kms from our home in Carp. It was along Munro Drive sitting on a land for sale sign hunting! There must be more birds moving into the area in search of food.. Below a series of Great Gray Owl photos.
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Today we had a large concentration of redpolls at our niger feeders. There were approximately 300+ Common Redpoll and 4 Hoary all of the southern variety. These birds must be feeding at various feeders in the area because we don't see them for a number of days and suddenly they appear. Occasionally there timing is similar to the American Goldfinch and we have an interesting mixture of birds.
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The Sandwich Tern is uncommon during the winter months.
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