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Offline Doreen

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Re: News: Owls
« Reply #31 on: December 10, 2013, 15:55 »
Shaking my head.

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2013/12/09/report-port-authority-targeting-snowy-owls-at-jfk/

This kind of mass numbers is called an irruption as I recall ... there are a lot of snowies in New Brunswick as well.  A biologist I know suggested the cause might have been good small mammal numbers last year so many more owls have to go further to find food.  Likely he is right.

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Re: News: Owls
« Reply #32 on: December 21, 2013, 15:43 »
TPC previously posted -
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BC shooting one owl species to save another
So not just in BC, but in the US as well.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/u-s-begins-killing-barred-owls-to-help-spotted-owl-1.2472489

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Re: News: Owls
« Reply #33 on: December 29, 2013, 21:22 »
 LOUISVILLE, Ky
Snowy owl rescued after being spotted near Westport Road


“The morning we caught him he was standing next to the pavement trucks [and they] were going by him, he wasn’t moving,” Sally Seyal from Raptor Rehabilitation of Kentucky said.

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/video/snowy-owl-rescued-being-spotted-012103894.html


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Re: News: Owls
« Reply #34 on: January 03, 2014, 14:25 »
Great horned owls set bodies to defrost
by Jan Bergstrom, South Carolina Times / 3 Jan 2014

Imagine being outside 24 hours a day, in January, in Minnesota. Imagine being an accomplished hunter, capable of caching extra food to get you through hard times. Then imagine having no source of heat to thaw this lifesaving cache to make it edible. What would you do?

If you were a great horned owl, you would incubate it. Great horned owls regularly stash extra food, but their razor sharp bills are made for shredding and tearing, not hammering away at a frozen piece of meat. Lacking any other way of breaking up the food, it does what any self-respecting predator would do: It sits on it until it thaws.

This is just one of the great horned owl’s adaptations that makes it master of the winter woods. Every inch of its body is adapted to surviving our cold, stressful winters.

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Owls’ facial discs consist of feathers that funnel sound toward their ears, allowing them to hear sounds that are one-tenth the volume that humans are capable of hearing. Their ears are small holes, one slightly larger and one slightly higher than the other. This allows sound to reach their ears at different times, allowing them to pinpoint the exact distance as well as the direction of the sound, even under a dense blanket of snow. Their hearing is so keen, they can hunt almost entirely by ear.

Great horned owls grow more camouflaged feathers in the winter to keep out the cold air. They seem oblivious to the brutal conditions. This allows them to perch tirelessly on branches, waiting for unsuspecting prey to venture into their territory. They also can cruise the night skies without going into a state of lowered metabolism like many other winter birds.

The front edges of the owl’s primary flight feathers are fringed, allowing air to pass noiselessly over them. Their prey never hears them coming as they swoop in for the prize.

Diet, habitat

Although mammals such as rabbits, squirrels, weasels, mice and cats make up 75 percent of the great horned owl’s diet, they also prey upon more than 50 species of birds. Songbirds in the winter huddle at night, often going into a state of controlled hypothermia. They seek refuge among dense branches of trees or beneath loose, peeling bark. Oblivious to the outside world, their heart rate decreases, breathing slows and metabolism drops. Picking the wrong spot can be fatal. Great horned owls use their superb vision to spot the sleeping avians, plucking them before they can even wake up.

Great horned owls have the largest range of any owl in North America. They are equally content in woods, fields, desert, grasslands, suburbs and just about any place south of the polar tree line. In our area, they tend to prefer farmland mixed with wooded areas, although they can be found anywhere, 24 hours a day, even in the winter. Keep your eyes open and you just may see one “incubating” its supper.

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Re: News: Owls
« Reply #35 on: January 03, 2014, 14:45 »
It IS all about the Snowy Owls this winter ... text, photos & videos

Northeast States See Large Influx of Snowy Owls this Winter
James Foley, Nature World News / 30 Dec 2013
http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/5463/20131230/northeast-states-see-large-influx-snowy-owls-winter.htm

It’s all about the Snowy Owls this winter - Lots of locations to spot these beauties - Ontario
Bruce Di Labio, Ottawa Citizen / 2 Jan 2014
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/life/about+Snowy+Owls+this+winter/9343092/story.html

Snowy Owls Head South In Biggest Numbers In 50 Years - Connecticut
Patrick Skahill, Boston National Public Radio / 3 Jan 2014
http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2014/01/03/snowy-owls-connecticut

Invasion of snowy owls into Pennsylvania and other states targeted by Project SNOWstorm - Pennsylvania
Marcus Schneck, The Patriot-News / 3 Jan 2014
http://blog.pennlive.com/wildaboutpa/2014/01/invasion_of_snowy_owls_into_pe.html


... and more to come I'm sure ...

* note of explanation, birders use 4 letter abbreviations for bird species - SNOW is short for Snowy Owl

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Re: News: Owls
« Reply #36 on: January 03, 2014, 16:10 »


click on image to see slideshow/larger image

Great Horned Owl

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Re: News: Owls
« Reply #37 on: May 29, 2014, 13:52 »
 ;D ;D I read this incredible news about an exhibit at the Assiniboine Zoo. Even at my age, I WILL visit the zoo this year.

Snowy owl habitat gets $500K
Winnipeg Sun

http://www.winnipegsun.com/2014/05/28/snowy-owl-habitat-gets-500k


Dennis, you may be able to get your photo ops without standing in horrific weather.  ::) :D
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Re: News: Owls
« Reply #38 on: May 30, 2014, 22:23 »
Even though the subject line reads as, "Snowy Owls exhibit"....apparently the Assiniboine Zoo is going through a massive reno, and the Polar Bear exhibit is supposed to be the best in the world and state of the art!

The Snowy Owl exhibit will absolutely be fun to see!


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Re: News: Owls
« Reply #39 on: August 19, 2014, 05:40 »
Owl enters 10th story apartment, kills pet in Idaho
CBS news

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/owl-enters-10th-story-apartment-kills-pet-in-idaho/

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Re: News: Owls
« Reply #40 on: August 19, 2014, 20:20 »
Holy moly! Hard to believe this could happen! :o

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Re: News: Owls
« Reply #41 on: August 23, 2014, 07:41 »
The other canary seemed jumpy and anxious....poor thing just saw its life flash before its eyes



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Re: Curious baby owl investigate camera
« Reply #44 on: September 30, 2014, 22:19 »
Hmmm... I clicked on this link & can't seem to locate the baby owl video. :-\