For my final day of birding in 2011, I went to Kingsville in southern Ontario to see this astonishing bird that has been present for about a week. I read the daily reports and wondered if the bird would still be present on Saturday when I would be free to make the trip over. It was. Following an early morning appointment in Ann Arbor, I drove across the Ambassador bridge and arrived shortly after 10:00 am.
The photos speak for themselves - a completely enchanting bird.
Bird on a wire.
One that is in such an unlikely location, however, that it seems almost certain to be in trouble.
Cars lined both sides of the narrow-shouldered road. At one point a local driver in a white pick-up truck angrily laid on the horn as he tried to make his way past the crowd.
The video above is 5:05 minutes in length because I was hoping to get the owl leaving its perch. I took this one long video and a few shorter videos but it never did budge. While taking this video I was approximately 100 feet across the field and standing on a hill so I was essentially level with the bird. The audio picks up the sounds of the large crowd and there is some interesting commentary. To view full screen click on the title Great Gray Owl.
Such a beautiful bird and the mild temperatures of the morning tempted me to linger, but I was satisfied with the photos and video I had and I knew that one less person and car could not be a bad thing. The only thing missing were the street vendors selling hotdogs, popcorn, cotton candy and soda. I wish I could imagine a good outcome for this spectacular bird.