On Sunday January 21, 2012, Angie and I saw MY 6th Snowy Owl for the season and her 5th. She missed the last one I saw due to construction workers scaring her out of a potential roosting/hunting area.
What a sight this guy was! And it's funny because we were off to check out a female Snowy in the area we heard reports of. Lucky for us, the road exit took us by this guy and as soon as we took the turn... Angie shouts "there's a Snowy!"
We had an amazing brief visit with this guy before a couple off-leash dogs flushed him from the fence post.
We never did find the female reported up the road but still may try again another day before the Snowys all head back up to the tundra. Enjoy the pics!
Crack of dawn and Mr. Snowy is possibly still on the hunt for his next meal.
The warm glow of that morning sun is deceiving on another cold January morning.
We are well away from him as you can see.
A walk to the west of the field got a better view of him before a couple large dogs came running over to get a look at this majestic bird for themselves.
I think it is necessary to post this reminder to everyone after my Owl posts, something to remember when you find yourself in the presence of any Owl...
The Owl Code of Ethics (that can be used with any wildlife sightings really)
Absolutely no dogs are allowed.
Keep a minimum distance of five metres from owls.
Be silent; speak in whispers.
Do not linger in front of an owl more than a couple of minutes.
If you cause an owl to fly, do not pursue it.
Do not bait owls with rodents.
No flash photography allowed.
No sound devices allowed.
Do not remove branches or vegetation.
Stay on the existing trails.
If the bird is on private property, please respect that this is private property and view safely from the side of the road.
Report harassment of owls to 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667).
I ask if you find an Owl in your travels to please keep it as quiet as possible. Call it selfish as some will, but it's a matter of protecting the birds. Word travels fast on these creatures showing up in the GTA. And so many people will go seek out the bird. The bird needs to live it's life... to rest and to hunt. These things cannot be done with constant human presence.
Please be responsible and respectful is what I ask.