Well, it finally happened ! After 6 years of not being in the right place, or being in the right place at the wrong time, I got to see not one, but 3 Great Gray Owls during a bird count I participated in at Candle Lake, Saskatchewan.
With 2 parties of 3 individuals, we had an excellent count , tallying up 25 species in total.
Here are the highlights :
Ruffed and Spruce grouse
Northern Goshawk and Bald Eagle
Great Gray and Northern Hawk-owl
Downy, Hairy, Pileated, American Three-toed and Black-backed woodpeckers
Boreal and Black-capped chickadees
Red and White-breasted Nuthatches
Blue and Gray jays
White-winged Crossbill, Pine and Evening Grosbeak
Here are some photos , with more to come later - click to see full size versions :
Great Gray Owl