[CT Birds] Snowy Owl "echo flight"?

Kathy Van Der Aue kathyvda at gmail.com
Fri Oct 31 10:00:58 EDT 2014


Norman Smith has been doing studies on Snowy Owls for years.  He will speak
at the COA Annual Meeting next March 21st on their findings.

Kathy Van Der Aue
Southport, Connecticut
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On Fri, Oct 31, 2014 at 8:46 AM, Jan Hollerbach via CTBirds <
ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:

> Do we know if these echo flights might be the snowies that came south last
> year?  Or are they juveniles?  Do we know?  I would guess there might be
> interesting data to be gathered this winter from Scott Wiedensaul's work
> started last year.
>
> Jan a Hollerbach
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Oct 30, 2014, at 3:08 PM, Nick Bonomo via CTBirds <
> ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:
> >
> > In the winter immediately following a major irruption of Snowy Owls south
> > of their normal wintering range, a smaller "echo flight" sometimes
> occurs,
> > presumably reflecting a continuing combination of an above average owl
> > population and/or food shortage relative to the number of owls around.
> >
> > In just the past few days there have been a couple early reports of newly
> > arrived Snowy Owls to our north (Maine and Vermont, and I believe more
> > north of the border as well). This may be the beginning of such an "echo
> > flight" for the coming fall/winter.
> >
> > Last year the owls did not reach us until mid-late November, but in some
> > years the first birds in CT are even earlier. There are a few very late
> Oct
> > records for CT. We had one migrating through Lighthouse Point on Nov 1,
> > 2008.
> >
> > We'll see what develops this far south, if anything.
> >
> > Nick Bonomo
> > Wallingford, CT
> > www.shorebirder.com
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