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Great Gray Owl on Aspdin Rd. near Hekkla

On Friday evening at dusk while driving along Aspdin Rd., my wife and I saw a Great Gray Owl perched on a high pole surveying an open boggy area next to the road. I was very surprised to see this bird as Iíve not heard of sightings at this time of year and have only seen them in the winter before. We passed it at some speed but my wife was driving so I got a reasonably good look. I would have expected it to be a Barred Owl, but immediately felt pretty certain it was not for a few reasons: massive size, very tall with large head, it was out in the open in a way iíve not encountered Barred Owls before. It definitely had the rounded head, ruling out Great Horned Owl. Unfortunately, it flew before we could reverse to its position but I watched it fly through the rear window and again was struck by its enormous wingspan.

Would love any feedback on recorded dates for Great Gray Owl in the springtime in Muskoka.

Kip Daynard

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