Today I had some field work in Oakville and after we finished up at our nearby site, my colleague Pat and I decided to check out Bronte Harbour to see if we could find a snowy owl that had been reported here the past few days.
When we arrived at the marina I was surprised to see so much open water! There was a ton of ducks everywhere including redhead, long-tailed duck, greater scaup, common goldeneye, bufflehead, gadwall, red-breasted merganser and white-winged scotor! I managed to get a few record shots. Please forgive the quality, most shots were taken at the limit of my zoom and are heavily cropped.
Mute Swan. A gross non-native species, but pretty nonetheless.
After watching the ducks for a while I scanned the break wall and picked out a gray lump, which turned out to be a snowy owl! It was very dark and likely is a juvenile bird.
Trust me when I tell you that this lump is a snowy owl. It was very far away.
We turned and headed back to the truck and had a Peregrine Falcon fly right over our head! A great ending to the day!
As we were about to get in the truck, a mink ran down the embankment towards the water and I snapped a few pictures and a short video. Cute little guy!