I went out for a lunchtime drive with one of my labmates Ken (Burrell for everyone who does know him!). We drove along the river and managed to spot a few Goldeneye, 2 Long-tailed ducks, Red-breasted Merganser and a bundle of Mallards. It was a pretty quiet day so we really didn't get to see too much! The water on the Otonabee River is very slowly starting to break up a little bit. I see it everyday while on the bus and although the majority of it is still frozen over, the water patches are opening up and holding quite a few goldeneye!
I tried to also find the Snowy Owl that has been seen in the area, but unfortunately had no luck there either! I dod, however have some luck while looking for one when I visited Newmarket!
My boyfriend and I were driving all around the onion fields trying to find one we had seen recorded there on Ebird. After about 15-20 minutes of driving around random roads we started to get a little worried that it was no longer around or that it was so snowy we couldn't even find it! While a concession away I noticed white on top of a telephone pole (photo below!). Now, either that is a really awkward mound of snow balancing perfectly on a pole....or....that's an owl.
|Snowy Owl on top of a telephone pole.|
|Snowy flying off the pole..|
|Snowy then flying across the field|
Here's to hoping spring is coming soon!!