GREAT GRAY OWLS inhabit the Boreal Forest. They come south in search of food, but it is not a yearly event to see them in Brighton.
In the past month we had at least 4 Great Grays hanging around our town. None, that I know of, have been seen in Brighton since the end of March.
I saw them last in a field in Colborne.
Anne McPherson was able to take one photo of 2 Great Gray Owls in it, one on the fence post, the other sitting behind it in the field. She only realized it when she checked her photos that evening.
Cindy Conlin a local photographer captured some wonderful pictures of the Great Gray Owl in flight. They can be viewed on her FB page.
Leslie Abram, a local blogger and photographer, wrote an interesting article about photography and ethical questions. Her photos are also amazing, a favorite is when the owl looks up to the crows.
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SNOWY OWLS visit Brighton every winter. This winter they were only seen sporadically, but right before spring, one started hanging out on the beach. His favorite spot seemed to be the Presqu'ile beach equipment.
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BARRED OWLS can be detected in Brighton year round. Not sure if it was because of the Great Grays or because we were paying more attention, the Barred Owls seemed to be observed more frequently in the past month.
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It has been an interesting experience, mostly positive but not everything.
A Great Gray was hit by a vehicle. The Great Grays were hunting on the side of the road without paying attention to cars. When they leave their perch they dive and often fly low to the next location, it wasn't surprising it happened, but it placed a cloud over the experience.
Witnessing the change in the Snowy when a dog walked on the beach (most times without a leash), made it undeniable, with the situation as is, it will be a matter of time, before we will stop seeing a Snowy (and other migratory birds) hanging out for weeks on Presqu'ile Beach.
I don't think I will ever again witness such an abundance of owls.
It has been an amazing month.