[CT Birds] SE Owl in Somers

Chris Wood cwood022 at gmail.com
Thu Dec 8 22:19:10 EST 2016


We used to watch the Marsh Hawks morph into SE owls over the moors on Nantucket (over beers on the deck) back before the moors morphed into houses. 

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> On Dec 8, 2016, at 8:19 PM, Steve Mayo and Rebecca Horowitz via CTBirds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:
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> The "changing of the guard" comment reminds me of Connecticut's operatic owl-o-phile, Julio De La Torre, who's book on the subject described the "niche-switch".  Although, there wasn't any documentation of formal shift-changes, these ecological nocturnal/diurnal pairings included:   Great  Horned Owl/Red-tailed Hawk, Barred Owl/Red-shouldered Hawk, Screech Owl/Kestrel and (ok, this one's a stretch, but I think he made this association in his outstanding book) Long-eared Owl/Broad-winged Hawk.  
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> Obviously, this is an ecological niche oversimplification.  But what if it was not?  We'd then, perhaps, have as many Short-eared Owls as Harriers, and as many Long-eared Owls as Broadies...
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> Steve MayoBethany
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>      From: greg hanisek via CTBirds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
> To: Jim Pfeifer <Jim.Pfeifer at erm.com>; ctbirds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> 
> Sent: Wednesday, December 7, 2016 8:43 AM
> Subject: Re: [CT Birds] SE Owl in Somers
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> Its worth noting that S-e Owl & N Harrier are known to roost communally. Someone well-known (maybe it was RTP himself) referred to the scene at dusk as "the changing of the guard," with harriers coming in and short-eareds going out. When I lived in NW NJ there was a spectacular roost in farmland near the Delaware R. that held 30+ harriers and 6+ short-ears.
> Greg HanisekWaterbury 
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>     On Wednesday, December 7, 2016 7:49 AM, Jim Pfeifer via CTBirds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:
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> This morning (12/7) with Joe Cala, bird showed at about 6:50 in same location previously reported on Durkee Road, and flew northwest along ridge.  Then, a second bird popped up from virtually the same location within the scrub and flew more southwest.  Due to weather and poor light (and not expecting to see a second bird), neither of us got a great look at the second bird, but based on size and flight style, I am 95% sure it was a second owl.  Also had a Northern Harrier coursing over the corn fields.
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