Owl Be Seeing You in all the Old Familiar Places

All photos taken on March 8, 2022.

If you don’t like the weather here, just wait 5 minutes is an oft heard refrain in our part of the world. We were conflicted on whether to do our weekly forest walk today or not. The forecast promised a mix of sun and cloud and limited or no snow.

Meanwhile, a look out the window showed that there was significant flurry activity. We opted to give it a go and set off on our drive in snow and blowing snow conditions.

Arriving to an empty parking lot. Hmmm. I wonder why. Snow is still falling.

Early on in our walk, the sun struggled to break through the clouds…

…and the snowfall lessened and stopped.

As we walked, we spotted a massive bird flying off ahead of us. We recognized that it was an owl that we had disturbed and we were on the lookout for his next perch as we walked. Owls tend to be sleepy during the day, unless disturbed by noisy hikers like us.

We soon spotted this Great Horned Owl in a tree back from the trail and he/she was a beauty. Definitely trying to sleep, but keeping one squinty eye on us.

Colour: light grey to dark brown, ear tufts, fine horizontal breast barring, facial disk has a dark outline, white chin, underparts

Size: L: 46-64 cm (18 1/4 – 25 1/4 inches) W: 91-152 cm. (36 – 60 inches)

Common year round

(Source: Birds of Alberta – Chris Fisher/John Acorn)

At the meadow, we opted to take the Blueberry Connector to shorten our walk on the Aspen Parkland Trail. We also took this shortcut during our walk at -38 C.

We saw some character tree bands, a moose footprint and a long hidden well protected wasp nest on a conifer.

Back on the Aspen Parkland Trail, we stopped for a break and were soon being investigated by the local Chickadee Gang. We opted to reward them for their appearance.

At the Grove, we headed away from the parking lot on Aspen Parkland and Tamarack Trails to seek adventure on a new path, the Meadow View trail or as one hiker referred to it, “the hike to a view with no view”.

Our hope was to spot one of the 4 moose that live in the meadow, but no such luck. The trail though exceeded our expectations and was quite pretty.

At the top of the rise, we found a log to sit on and “enjoy” our lunch. The wind was howling and we were on the exposed hill, but it was still a fine vantage point.

Lunch over, we retraced our steps .53 km back to the Tamarack Trail junction.

Back at the junction, we wondered…what was this strange light from the sky? Was that sunshine? No worries, it only lasted for a couple of minutes.
this artistically skewered leaf caught our eye
this little guy was back wondering if we had more seeds
I call this one “Lost & Round” Somebody’s ice cleat fell off and a hiker placed it atop a small snowman by the trail
Here is the trail map showing our route – from the star, we walked counterclockwise to the Blueberry Connector, then down Aspen to the junction with Tamarack Trail and from there 1 km. to Meadow View. All told, we walked 6.73 km (4 miles 32 yards).

Published by kagould17

Not much to tell. After working for 3 companies over 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I had waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 7+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wants has been very fulfilling. Early on, there was a long list of projects in my “to-do” hopper and I attacked these projects with a vengeance for the first 9 months of retirement. Eventually, my brain told me that this was not what retirement was about, so it took me another 5 months before my industriousness again took over and I attacked another line of projects, this time somewhat shorter and less complicated, as well as many new projects related to the family weddings in 2016. After going hard for 6 weeks and 3 weddings, my body was telling me to relax, then the flu bug hit and as soon as that was done with me, my sciatic acted up. No rest for the wicked. In 2020 and 2021, the Covid 19 pandemic changed the whole retirement gig. I was lucky to not be still working, for sure. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may never become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

11 thoughts on “Owl Be Seeing You in all the Old Familiar Places

    1. Thanks Luisa. We have often heard or caught glimpses of owls on this walk, but this was the first time I managed a photo. Wish I could have caught him in flight. He was huge. Thanks for reading. Allam

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  1. Beautiful shots! LOVE the owl! It’s such a blessing to see one in the wild. I love chickadees as well 🙂 We have some here that will sit on our windowsill and watch us inside the kitchen but I’ve never tried to hold one! What a special moment that would be.
    Have a great day Allan!

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