That's a good question! I've had a saw-whet tooting away at my house in
Middlesex and have been wondering the same thing. Saw-whets are at least
partially migratory in VT (they can also overwinter) and I've heard them
call in migration (right here in residential areas in Montpelier!).
They have been recorded nesting in deep woods all over VT, but they're
awfully hard to confirm. If you're still hearing it well into April, my
guess would be that it has found a mate and a suitable nesting site.
How's that for a vague answer!
North Branch Nature Center
713 Elm Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
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Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Northern Saw-Whet Owl
Information is still being collected by banders towards the answer of
migration or not. So far, it is perceived that these owls may do a partial
migration, in that those in Ontario and Quebec probably migrate until they
hit the St Lawrence and then spread sideways along the river. Those in
northern New York probably do a partial migration, either southwards or
east-west. Likely none of the Saw-whets travel a great distance.
Innis Point Bird Observatory (Ottawa) band Saw-whets in the fall.
On 2012-03-30, at 11:02 AM, Barbara Powers wrote:
> The Saw Whet Owl was tooting again last night. Repeating my questions-does
anyone know if the owl might be just migrating through or is it possibly
going to stay and nest here? It has been in the area since March 12. It
definitely is the right habitat for it. Thanks for any input.Barbara
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Box 122, 35 Elm St
Essex, NY 12936
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