[CT Birds] Snowy Owl "echo flight"?
smilifase at gmail.com
Fri Oct 31 08:46:37 EDT 2014
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
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> 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,
> We'll see what develops this far south, if anything.
> Nick Bonomo
> Wallingford, CT
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