This past Saturday was the Winter Waterfowl Festival at Tommy Thompson Park in Toronto. I had the pleasure of being a volunteer for this event and had lots of fun talking to people about Snowy Owls, waterfowl, and other wildlife. People were there from all knowledge levels from some who could ID every species there to others who were only being able to identify a mallard. It was such a wonderful group of people and great to teach some and their families how to ID, while learning some ID tips and tricks was the more advanced birders!
The first thing we spotted during set up was a Snowy Owl! This was my 5th for the year and was spotted WAY out on the ice. We were able to set up the two scopes we had to focus on it so that everyone else would be able to see. Looking at it with the naked eye it looked like a tree stump off in the distance, so that just wasn't going to do!! Looking at it through the scope it looked like a young female and was munching away on something!
In total we saw 9 different species of birds!! These included (and some of them have photos below): Long-tailed Ducks, Redheads, Goldeneye, White-winged Scoter, Greater Scaup, Mallards, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, and a Hooded Merganser.
|Red-breasted Merganser chowing down on a fish|
|Greater Scaup female|
|Long-tailed Duck and some Goldeneye|
|Goldeneye all perked up!|
|Long-eared Owl hiding away|
|Another Snowy out on the ice|