In the case of non-threatened owls, such as Saw-whets or Screech-Owls, I
wonder if there's any real difference between repeat taping for them and
excessive pishing or mimicking territorial calls of passerines since the
response we get is essentially the same. The night I brought in a
Short-eared Owl did, however, get me thinking that there could be a limit to
how much individual birds could take--after playing a recording of a
short-eared once or twice, the bird appeared immediately, agitated, flying
overhead in circles. After a few more attempts to draw it near again, it
removed itself to some distance and then a while later grew silent
altogether, which made me think I may have pushed him away with the notion
of a unrelenting challenge to his territory (if you could call it a "notion"
Definitely in our eagerness I think some birders lose sight of that
line...and perhaps negatively impacting to some degree these creatures that
give our lives such pleasure.
On Mon, Nov 3, 2008 at 6:12 PM, Marvin Elliott <[log in to unmask]>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
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> --- On Mon, 11/3/08, Holly Hungerford <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > 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