Funny thing, yesterday on the way home from work, I spotted a Short-eared Owl hunting alongside a back road. Later that evening, Dean Ware reported seeing one down his way. I never saw one all of last winter, even though I keep my eyes open. They prefer pasture areas, but pastures are a rare commodity anymore. There used to be lots north of Wallaceburg. No wonder grassland species are severely declining!
I had my camera with me, but not ready. Too late in the day anyway.
When I first started birding we used to go out on winter outings and owls were always part of the trip. One time we came across an injured Short-eared Owl. I think it was the first time I had ever seen one. It was taken to a rehab somewhere. This was back in the 1980's.
It was interesting to watch them at dusk as the parents fed them earthworms.
There are other owls especially seen in the winter. The only Boreal Owl I have seen was near Exeter one winter (on private property).