|Eagles on the ice - Windsor, On|
|A chilly Mute Swan|
After lunch, I headed back down river in hopes of spotting the Ambassador Bridge Peregrines or maybe even some gulls on the river - but no luck. The gulls have been lacking down here this winter. Too much ice! I made my way out to the county to look for more birds. In a very flat and barren field off of French Line Rd, I spotted a very white Snowy Owl - my first of the year.
After a bit of looking around, I headed home to pick up Sarah and Emily. We had planned a family outing to go look for the Short-eared Owl that had been seen recently in the Onion Fields just outside of Point Pelee. After a bit of cruising around, Sarah shouted "Look - What's that?!" She didn't have a great look at first as it dove down, but we both quickly got back on it. The target bird - Short-eared Owl. It was actively hunting so I slowly drove up and found a safe place to get off the road where we could watch but not disturb it. It was amazing to watch. It was dive-bombing the field constantly. It disappeared for a bit, so I assume it was successful at least once - What a cool experience. We've seen them before hunting off of Arner Townline area, but this one had a little different feel to it. Hard to explain but nonetheless it was Pelee bird number #269 - and a new life bird for Emily.
The lighting was not great, but I managed to get some "record" shots of the hunt anyway.