Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Snowy Skunked, Kestrel Plus!

Well!  I am finally back at it!  It has been...to say the least, a VERY busy past few weeks. I have unfortunately not been able to do much birding, rather none at all.  It's been really hard to keep perky with all these reports of Snowy Owls flying around Toronto and not being able to get out to see them!

Today a few co-workers and I decided that we would take out lunch and go on a hunt. There has been one recently spotted at Downsview Park the past few weeks and we wanted to try and see it!  We got to the Park right around the lunch-hour and walked everywhere.  No sign of it.  There at least 6 Red-tailed hawks taking advantage of the high wings today and soaring around.

We then drove a little around the buildings in this urban park and still didn't spot it.  So, we had gotten skunked as our lunch-time was soon to be over.  Luckily, we did manage to spot one of my favourite birds. A male American Kestrel!  This little guy was rather skittish and flew the moment I left the car. Luckily I was able to snap two quick photos of it before he took of too far away to get to in the little time we had left!

Here's the two photos which turned out. And a double here to hoping I can get out during my last week in Toronto and spot me a Snowy!