[CT Birds] Snowy Owl Death/Condition Alert!

Comins, Patrick PCOMINS at audubon.org
Wed Dec 4 12:28:39 EST 2013

And there are some thoughts that rodent populations in coastal areas were severely depleted by the tidal flooding of both Sandy and Irene (and the 2013 Blizzarcaine).  Who knows if populations have rebounded, but the hunting grounds may be lean here.

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From: CTBirds [mailto:ctbirds-bounces at lists.ctbirding.org] On Behalf Of Joe Zygala
Sent: Wednesday, December 04, 2013 12:14 PM
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Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Snowy Owl Death/Condition Alert!

Here is a link that was posted on the NYSbirds-L list concerning a Snowy Owl that is now in rehab. It turned out to be emaciated. Let's not pressure these birds.


Joe Zygala
South Salem, NY (a.k.a., West Ridgefield?)

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> On Dec 4, 2013, at 11:41 AM, "David F Provencher (Generation - 4)" <david.f.provencher at dom.com> wrote:
> The Snowy Owl that was seen on Millstone Point last Wednesday has been found dead. We examined the bird and it was severely emaciated, it certainly appears to have succumbed to starvation or a malnutrition related illness. It is very likely that ALL Snowy Owls currently in southern New England are underfed and possibly critically so. There will undoubtedly be more birds that succumb, so it is imperative that we do everything we can to not add additional stress to these birds. Please make any all observations from a distance and please do NOT approach them.
> Dave Provencher

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