It's a good question, and I think the key is not to overdo it and
to be sensible about it. I would never use tapes of any species
in their breeding season or during midwinter through early spring
when food stress is highest and energy/fat reserves lowest.
Playing a tape now and then this time of year at night, when the
owls are active already and having no trouble finding food,
shouldn't be a problem.
I totally agree it would be better for a group of us to go do it
once rather than a bunch of individuals doing it on a series of
nights in the same locations, though.
My 2 cents.
Marvin Elliott wrote:
> Holly asks the same question I have been wondering about. What
> is the impact on the owls to attract them with recordings?
> Certainly it would be better to draw owls in once for a group
> than to have each individual playing tapes separately. Birding
> ethics calls for the sparing use of recordings for scientific
> purposes. Hopefully, someone who is qualified will respond.
> Marv Elliott
> Marvin Elliott Vermont Birdhouses and Wood Products Rutland
> Town, VT 802-775-2415 [log in to unmask]
> --- On Mon, 11/3/08, Holly Hungerford <[log in to unmask]>
>> From: Holly Hungerford <[log in to unmask]> Subject:
>> [VTBIRD] Noctural encounters To: [log in to unmask] Date:
>> Monday, November 3, 2008, 10:46 AM I have a question: is it
>> okay to call in owls with a tape? I know we should use
>> recordings very sparingly. That said, I'd love to be part of
>> an owl walk, too, so sign me up.
>> Holly Hungerford Charlotte, VT