Great Gray Owl

On December 23rd, just a couple of days before this past Christmas, a GREAT GRAY OWL was spotted just outside of Kingsville, Ontario.  Of course, this large owl attracted immediate and lasting attention.  Kingsville is located near Lake Erie, just a short distance west of Leamington.  The owl has remained in the same general vicinity and is still being seen daily.  GREAT GRAY OWL have little or no fear of humans and this owl has been perching on fenceposts and on tree limbs quite close to the road.  Birders and photographers alike have been flocking to the area each day.  They park on the side of the road and watch the bird spell-bound.  For many, this is a once in a life-time chance to see  and study one of these creatures so close.  Here are a couple of pictures that I took on the 29th of December.

GREAT GRAY OWLS are the largest resident owl in Canada.  They breed in the far north and are mostly a boreal species.

Despite their rather large appearance, they actually weigh only about 2-3 lbs and feed mostly on mice and small rodents.

If anyone is interested in making the drive down to Kingsville to see the bird, send me an email at and I will send detailed directions on how to locate the owl.  It is actually quite easy to find. 




4 responses to this post.

  1. Lovely images David.
    Good for you!



  2. Posted by Randy Grant on January 8, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    What roads or are is the owl frequenting and is it still there .I would hate to drive from Sarnia and not see it .
    Jan 8


  3. Those are great pictures of the Great Gray Owl, David. I would love to make that drive down to Kingville, but I am afraid I won’t be able to make it. 🙂


  4. AMAZING!!


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