Snowy Owl (still) in Ottawa

Got some photos to share from last Monday and today.  Last Monday, I went out for a stroll at McCarthy Woods near where I live.

All the snow are gone, but nothing flowering yet.

Trout lily leaves.  Last year, the first one I saw flowering in Peterborough was on May 1st.

Unknown plant.

Moss sporophytes.

During the week, I learned from a friend that some Snowy Owls are still around in Ottawa at the Experimental Farm.  So today, I went over there to see them for myself, plus it was my first time visiting the main part of the Experimental Farm.

It was a pretty nice day for the most part.

This should be a nice place to walk/bike/jog during the summertime once the leaves come out and a bit warmer.

It wasn't difficult to find the owls since there was a large crowd looking for them.  There was only one present today, and it was down on the ground next to the fences so the whole scene looks pretty sad.

Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus)
Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus)

Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus)
From another angle.

Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus)
I don't think the owl moved much since it seemed to be in the same spot throughout the day, based on another photographer's photos of the same bird at different times of the day.  I am not exactly sure why it has not migrated north yet since it's not really adapted to be here during the summer, in terms of hunting for suitable preys in the north (e.g., lemmings), living in a 24-hr daylight environment, and possibly less competitors from other birds-of-prey and crows.

I didn't feel like contributing to the stress the owl might be feeling, so I left shortly afterwards and walked around other parts of the farm.  I saw:

A Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis),

one groundhog,

and then a second one popped out from the hole in the ground.

When I looped back to where the owl was, there were still many people looking at it.  Thank for the fence to prevent people from getting any closer.

Walking along NCC Scenic Driveway.

I ended up at Fletcher Wildlife Garden, another part of the farm that I had not been to yet.

Base of the trees being striped by some mammals (e.g., hares).

I saw one White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) near the feeders, and other birds that I didn't bother to photograph.

Afterwards, I took the O-Train back to near where I live and got some groceries.  That was pretty much what I did today.  Three more days before my student bus pass expires.

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