Tuesday, February 11, 2014

February 11,2014 Northern Saw-whet Owls on the move in eastern Ontario and the Outaouais Region.

Hi Everyone

There appears to be a small owl movement taking place over the past few weeks with at least 6 Northern Saw-whet Owls being reported in eastern Ontario and Gatineau. Most individuals have been one day wonders roosting in back yards that have feeders. One was observed on the ground near the Portage Bridge in Gatineau. All appeared in good condition and the one I photographed in Ottawa had regurgitated a pellet.
Also 3 Boreal Owls have been reported from various location since early January but again not relocated and another was found dead in Algonquin Park. I think it is to early for a north bound movement and wondering if these birds are coming out of the woods or from further north in search of food. I'd recommend checking your back yard I've if you don't have a feeder. You never know what may be roosting in your cedar tree or any tree! So far no small owls reported from Amherst Island. 

Good birding,

A Northern Saw-whet Owl roosts in an Ottawa area backyard for the day. 

This individual decided to perch in a deciduous tree in full view for the day.  

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