Category Archives: Owls

The Great Horned Owls of Sikome Lake

Everyone loves owls. Their big eyes, large size, and charismatic facial expressions can make even a non-birder sit up and take notice, and many birders have had their start with some incredible experience or other either chasing, discovering, or simply … Continue reading

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A Snowy Pair

Recently, my husband and I had occasion to take a prairie drive to a small town south east of Calgary. Having taken this route many times, the camera and binos were on my lap, ready for any snowy owls we … Continue reading

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Introduction: Synecdoche and the Bird

When asked why he chose to live in the remote, wilds of Montana, nature writer David Quammen would traditionally reply, “the trout.” And when pressed, “the trout is a synecdoche” – a discrete, phenomenal, biological entity, but immeasurably more than … Continue reading

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Owl vs. Owl

Posted by Charlotte Wasylik, aka Prairie Birder, Last week the British Columbia government approved the shooting and relocation of Barred Owls in an effort to save their endangered cousin, the Spotted Owl, which has been facing extinction since the 1980s, and … Continue reading

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Caution: Birder on Board

As my first contribution to this blog, I think a good place to start is to tell you a bit about where I bird…the Ottawa Valley, and anywhere else I happen to be. Why I bird…it’s become a way of … Continue reading

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A Happy Owl and Canadian Art Legend

Posted by Charlotte Wasylik, aka Prairie Birder, (I’m very excited to be writing for Bird Canada and will try to make sure I have a post for each month. Thank you again, Pat, for asking me to write for your … Continue reading

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Unbelievable Snowy Owl Behaviour

This is a preview of a new show coming to PBS Nature in October, and I just had to share it. I have never seen owl behaviour like this, and frankly my mouth was hanging open as I watched it. … Continue reading

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Winter Owls In Canada

The last week of February means our Canadian winter is on the way out, and there’s no better way to mark the occasion than with this absolutely stunning video of northern owls from Canada Wild. Andrew Manske’s slow motion owl … Continue reading

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Wednesday Owlings

When you look up the word ‘disdain’ in the dictionary, there should be an owl picture beside it. It means “the feeling that someone or something is unworthy of one’s consideration or respect; contempt,” which is exactly the feeling I … Continue reading

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Snowy Owl Invasion

Spectacular Snowy Owls are on the move! The owls are irrupting well south of their usual winter range in Canada, with reports as far south as Kansas. To read more about the phenomenon in eBird, select this link. If you don’t … Continue reading

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