***Update: To my knowledge, the owl has not been seen in Kingsville since Jan 8, 2012***
Not satisfied with last night's views of the Great Grey Owl, I drove up to Kingsville again this morning and tried my luck at finding the owl again. As I was driving to yesterday's location, I noted a Snowy Owl on top of a telephone post. I pulled over and took some photos. Nobody was around and it dawned on me that I had discovered my first snowy owl! I've seen others, but they were pointed out to me by other birders.
Anyway, I quickly left, in hopes of finding the Great Grey Owl. I drove around for 30 or so minutes and then gave up. I had to go out this morning for breakfast with some friends so as I drove away, I noticed a mob of birders (& mobbing crows!) on Concession Rd 2 and knew something special was happening.
Check out this magnificent owl species below!
Please treat owls ethically. Do not disturb them or play calls or use baits for them. View them from a distance and respect their space as well as private property. Check out this excellent article (regarding owl ethics) from Ebird.org entitled: Got Snowies?
Good birding, and Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to all that celebrate!
Almost forgot: My first self discovered Snowy Owl!
See these great blogs for more amazing photos of this boreal beauty.