My pre-work stop involved twitching the nearby Harris's Sparrow. This bird has stayed in this location for weeks now, and I haven't gotten around to seeing it. I generally prefer to combine twitching birds with other nearby activities (unless they are super rare!). This sparrow breeds in the high arctic of Nunavut and the Northwest Territories and typically winters in Tornado Alley from Texas north to Nebraska. This species is a regular vagrant to Ontario, showing up every year. At first, I wasn't sure if I was going to find it since it wasn't around for a bit when I arrived, and some lady had waited for 1.5hrs prior with no luck, but then it promptly showed up and I snapped a few pictures. This species is our largest sparrow and this individual appears to be a 1st winter bird.
A little further up the shoreline I had some great views of a Snowy Owl to cap off the day. This one was perched along the shoreline on the mounds of ice that have piled up. I like the starkness of these photos, they could just as well be taken in the arctic.