We headed out to High Park in hopes of seeing owls on Saturday.
I’ve seen a check in on Ebird website that somebody saw a Screech Owl (one of my lifer that I’ve been hoping to see) and Great Horned Owl last week.
It was indeed a perfect sunny day and we enjoyed a walk in the park even though some parts were really muddy due to the warm temperature.
Today, we started our walk from the south end of the park on The Queensway.
Saw a lovely White-breasted nuthatch near the Lower Duck Pond.
Next, we moved onto the Greenhouse area to look for a Great Horned Owl. We looked for all the pine trees for the trace of the owls but didn’t see any.
Well you can’t look for birds when you are hungry, right? So we went to the Grenadier Restaurant in the Park.
Café offers a light menu to dinner menu. It also has a nice patio in the summer.
After refueling at the café, we headed down to the Grenadier Pond. Here we found two Turkeys!
Well nobody knows how they got there but they became quite a mascot since their first appearance in the park.
They’re actually quite friendly and are really used to people feeding them.
While we were watching the turkeys, a lady told us that there is a Merlin up the hill.
She was kind enough to show us where the Merlin was. (well, we kind of followed her up😆)
We were just having lunch at the café in front of this tree! Who would have noticed this!?
She was really blended in with the dark colored branch of this tree.
We can easily identify that it is a female as Merlin has very distinctive color differences between males and females.
Males have more grey-ish color while females have dark brown colors.
We were waiting for her to fly out to get a shot but she seems to be in no hurry to get going.
While we chatted with the lady who told us about the Merlin, she also told us a story that she rescued one of Great Horned Owls’ babies a few years ago.
The baby was nursed by another owl and got released later on. She explained that it was impossible to put the baby back to the nest 70ft high up the tree.
She gave us a little tip of where the Great Horned Owl nest is. She said she has just seen it on that day but it is really well hidden and hard to find unless you know the exact tree.
With her info, we headed back to the area mentioned but couldn’t find it.
Well this will be another reason for us to come back but next time we will have a better idea of where to look!
By this time, it is getting a bit dark and we headed home.
We learnt that the key of successful birding is NETWORKING! To chat with experienced birders to get information is key.
From my experience, people are generally nice and willing to share information with you.
So we cannot be shy (well we are normally shy to start the conversation, especially my husband, so it will be my job now) to ask people! 😃
Special finding of the day!