Yesterday I got to thinking that there may be two Snowy Owls along Langstaff Line, but I had only ever seen one at a time. Every day this past week I saw one usually first thing in the morning and again late in the day.
This morning my suspicions were confirmed. Within sight of each other, I saw two dark Snowy Owls each atop barns! Most of the photos I have been getting this winter of record shots due to distance.
One of the darkest ones I have seen
After that encounter, I headed up to Holt Line back of Sombra but did not find a Snowy Owl. Not even a bird at the solar farm either.
I drove along the river looking at some waterfowl. I have not spent much time out there this winter due to the conditions. With tons of ice and snow, it is difficult to get a look at things.
Off Guthrie Park (now all iced in!)
Sarnia has really iced in lately too. The river is open under the bridge of course and lots of Long-tailed Ducks are around.
I headed east of Sarnia hoping to find some owls, but nary a one.
I really needed to go for a walk, so I went down to Moore WMA on Bickford. I did not go far due to deep snow, but did see three Northern Flickers among other things. I wonder if any Yellow-rumped Warblers survived as I have not seen any there since earlier in December.
hanging ice clumps from high water
I decided to head over to Sombra again. Only two Northern Harriers at the solar farm, but farther south I encountered a Snowy Owl on Holt Line. It was the lighter individual that has been hanging around (I assume).
First time I got a flight photo
I did not find the darker bird today.
Heading SE, I decided to check out Pretty Road and come out Charlemont Line where there has been a Snowy Owl this winter. Just before I hit Charlemont, a dark Snowy Owl was in the field on the NW corner.
I had just turned the corner heading west, and another was on the south side of Charlemont! Interesting.
I headed towards Kimball Road and spotted yet another atop a silo. This was a lighter bird, likely the one that I have seen before in the area.
OK, time to head home. Just a ways down Kimball, I spotted another owl flying across the road to perch on at TV antenna. Another lighter bird, but I was unable to get a photo.
In that case, I better head into town the back way via Langstaff Line just because.... There was yet another owl atop a pole! This was a slightly lighter bird than the previous ones I saw farther west earlier in the day.
Eight in the Wallaceburg CBC circle is a new record and no doubt I missed some (eg. the darker bird at Sombra)!
One really wonders how many Snowy Owls are out there!