[Ontbirds]Owls - East end of Ottawa

Ott User willott123 at sympatico.ca
Sun Mar 5 22:28:12 EST 2006


The usual suspects.  The Great Gray Owl on Giroux was seen on both days of 
the weekend.  On Sunday, March 5th it didn't make a showing in the afternoon 
until very late in the day unlike Saturday when it was seen along the road 
starting at 3:30pm.  It was a treat to watch it hover for what looked like 
10-20 seconds in the same spot along the fence line on the right side of the 
road trying to pinpoint possible prey late Sunday.

The Snowy Owl along Wall street (seen both days from Trim Road up to the 
Hydro towers along Wall) is still there.  Interesting to watch it interact 
with a muskrat on Saturday, March 4th.  The Snowy Owl was eyeing the muskrat 
when it ran toward the Snowy owl which was resting on the ground forcing it 
to take to the air.

Snowy Owl (taken Saturday, March 4th)
http://www.pbase.com/golfpic/image/56875907

Muskrat (I think that's what it is)
http://www.pbase.com/golfpic/image/56814008


Snowy Owl and the Muskrat.
http://www.pbase.com/golfpic/image/56814315
http://www.pbase.com/golfpic/image/56813686




W.H.
Ottawa, Ontario.

Directions from Ottawa:
Take 417 east and continue toward Orleans.  Exit right at Trim Road.
Continue on Trim Road up the hill past the Tim Hortons until Innes Road.
Turn left on Innes and go a short distance until Frank Kenny.  Turn right on
Frank Kenny and continue past streets like French Hill and Regimbald.  The
street after Regimbald is Giroux.  Turn left on Giroux and continue up the
road until you see the Lafarge quarry (there are signs).  From the top of
this road all the way down to the bend in the road is where I have spotted
the Great Gray owl.  For the Snowy Owl, go along Frank Kenny and turn right 
on Wall and drive to Trim.




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