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 on Pretty Road. 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.
|Brad Martin holding a Short-eared|
Once in a while you luck on to Short-eared Owls, as was the case a couple of winters ago NE of Wallaceburg. I was heading up to a spot to look for Long-eared Owls, but I caught sight of one on a fencepost beside the road at two in the afternoon! Turns out there were around a dozen there and they stayed for several weeks. That pasture disappeared that following spring!
We have Eastern Screech-Owls here in Wallaceburg. They have always been here and I remember them when I was about two or three years old. No kidding! They roosted on the fence-posts at dusk in the backyard. I still hear some occasionally, especially in the summer. Sometimes, the young ones will roost in the backyard cedars. I haven't seen young ones in a couple of years, but here is a photo of a family.
It was interesting to watch them at dusk as the parents fed them earthworms.
Once in a while it is nice to see a red morph Eastern Screech-owl.
There are other owls especially seen in the winter. The only Boreal Owl I have seen was near Exeter one winter (on private property).
The Northern Saw-Whet Owl is a favourite of many.
Of course there all these Snowy Owls...