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Re(1): Great gray?

They will move south in winter if their food source crashes in the north. This winter was not a major irruption year, so most stayed north of here. A few were being seen in Ottawa and Thunder Bay. I was lucky to see one on Feb. 14 east of Henry Marsh, but no further sightings of it, and coincidentally one was seen on the same date in the Marmora area. The Owl you saw was probably headed back north.

Here's a link to a story about the Thunder Bay owls:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/great-grey-owl-irruption-thunder-bay-1.3998365

Unfortunately for the owls, when they pick a good hunting spot near a city, they can become a "tourist attraction" and sometimes over-enthusiastic people don't give the owl enough space to continue its hunt for food (as in the video in the above link). Also, the owls don't understand the danger of swooping low across busy roads and there can be several fatalities in a major irruption year.

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