We certainly haven't had much in the way of snow cover here in the lower
valley this winter, never mind a tough ice layer. But I also have not
been seeing Barred Owls out and about, never mind as road kill.
There was one winter a few years ago -- 5 or 6 years? -- when this
problem of ice cover was obvious-- a couple of hard layers of ice with 2
or 3 inches of snow in between-- and Barred Owls were everywhere in the
daytime and beginning to drop like flies from starvation by spring.
That was a horrible sight.
There's been nothing like that this year, or in other years really.
On 1/20/2017 9:46 PM, Thomas Barber wrote:
> Hi All,
> Has anyone else noticed that this story - about barred owls starving
> and getting hit by cars - hits the birding news every year. Each time
> it is presented as something out of the ordinary, yet it happens
> every year. there has been little snow cover to hide rodents here in
> the Champlain Valley this year, but the owls are still appearing.
> I am more inclined to think that each year beginning in January or
> early February, the adult owls that have established territories kick
> the young out in preparation for mating season. Lacking a territory
> of their own, these young forage far and wide looking for food. And
> roadsides are a great place to do this. Red-tailed hawks and other
> predators also find roadsides convenient.
> If barred owls starving every winter is indeed the cause of this
> annual appearance, I would like to see some science.
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> Aspen) buds are an important winter food source for wildlife, but for
> none as much as the Ruffed Grouse. During the course of a year, a
> Ruffed ...
> On 1/20/2017 9:13 PM, Eve Ticknor wrote:
>> What is the address for this blog?
>>> On Jan 20, 2017, at 8:57 PM, Sue <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>> Mary Holland's blog today also deals with this problem. Sue
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>>>> On Jan 20, 2017, at 8:36 PM, H Nicolay <[log in to unmask]>
>>>> Hi all, if you have a chance, the Addison County independent
>>>> wrote an article yesterday on why so many Barred owls are
>>>> getting hit on the road. The article is also online.
>>>> Helena Nicolay Wildlife rehabilitator Monkton, Vermont
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> aquavisions.me This has been a strange winter, a delayed winter, with
> nearly no snow in the Willsboro / Essex area. Most of the lake is
> still open, just freezing around the edges.
>> The bad news is time flies. The good news is you're the pilot.