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Jan 26, 2013 - Humber Arboretum - Great Horned Owls
Today the weather wasn't really supposed to cooperate according to the meteorologists, and so a nearby trip was planned given lighting might not be ideal. As it turned out the sun came out, and a great day was have following Great Horned Owls around.
The Humber Arboretum has proven to be an excellent place for nearby outings this winter, and today was one of the best visits.
Upon arrival, we saw the usual suspects, and shot the red-bellied woodpecker, some nuthatches and of course the friendly chickadees were there too.
Some time later we ran into a friend Mike we keep seeing there, and he was on the hunt for not one, but two Great Horned Owls. We were all too happy to help with the search and were rewarded!
We were able to see both a male and female, and managed to see them at a few different locations in the lowlands where they were perched high enjoying the sun.
We also went and visited the resident Saw-whet owl, and otherwise enjoyed a great walk on a sunny Saturday.
As for Great Horned Owls, I got interested as my suspicions were that these two were mating. I researched the timeframe and it appears and of January is about right for mating, so in the weeks to come these two will likely find themselves a good spot to nest and rear their young.
Ah yes, another great day in our frigid winter here in Ontario, gotta love it!
Jan 7, 2013 - Humber Aboretum - luck after many visits
Last weekend, I had a few excellent trips to the Humber Aboretum. I've somehow never ended up there during the spring or summer and I definitely plan on it this coming spring, but I do manage to go during the winter.
The past few visits to the aboretum, I've seen a wide range of smaller birds including Redpolls, Goldfinches, a Red-bellied Woodpecker, a few other woodpeckers, nuthatches, and even a group of about 6 deer.
On this pair of visits, I had the good fortune of finally catching a Screech Owl before he had a chance to hide from me (he was sleeping), which was cool. I had been at least 5 times looking for him and on this day got lucky. The screech owl in the included photos is the grey feathery thing that blends well with the tree texture.
One even more awesome sighting for me is a first in my life, seeing a Saw-Whet owl. He was perched in a tree about 7 feet high, and didn't mind me at all. I snapped shots and enjoyed seeing this little guy, then left him to get back to his snoozing.
After seeing him I researched a bit and found out this small owl feeds on deer mice, and so it made sense he'd be where he was since there are many deer there.
Enjoy the photos and if you want to go for a nice hike in the Greater Toronto area I'd recommend this spot any time.
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