Having missed the Snowy Owls in New Jersey in February, I had a chance to go to Canada, to try an find them there. Well, what can you do – you've got to go!
Come March, Glyn and I set off to Gatwick, for a flight to Toronto with Air Transat. The trip was organised by Kevin du Rose, who had been there a couple of weeks previous, and who wanted to go back. The fourth member of the trip was a very nice Belgian guy called Luc.
We landed in Toronto, picked the car up, then collected Luc, who had arrived the day before, then set off for a 4 hour journey north to Ottowa. This was to be our base for the next 7 days. The hotel wasn't too bad, although being pricey, the breakfast was a bit basic – we always ate ours in one of the million "Tim Hortons" franchise.
The Snowy Owls were superb, all 12 of them, from young birds, to near-adults.
We also had a day in the superb Algonquin Provincial Park, having Gray Jays, Evening Grosbeaks, Blue Jays, Purple Finches.
Locally, to our hotel, we had great views of Downy, Hairy and the spectacular Pileated Woodpeckers.
Here's a few images.