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Old Thursday 23rd November 2006, 17:04   #201
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If the name and avatar aren't dead give-aways, I love owls, Snowy being the BEST, especially since they show up right around my hometown in winter.
I seen three Great-horns, one Barred (and lured in another with a recording, only heard it), one Barn, one Great-gray, heard numerous Screechs, but they still avoid me, and one handsome immature male Snowy at the beach.
Today, I hope I will get an oppurtunity to see some turkey! (and eat a drumstick!)
Yeah, here in South Boston, we get a couple Snowy Owls every year at one of the local beaches, that is within short bicycling distance.
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Old Thursday 23rd November 2006, 20:26   #202
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we get a couple Snowy Owls every year at one of the local beaches
Same, for some reason they are regulars to the Northeast and Great Plains, whereas in other regions they only show up in irruption years. The field guides, however, never show Long Island, or for that matter Massachussets, within the normal winter range for Bubo scandiacus, which bothers me, because we ARE in the normal winter range. I wanted to complain to Sibley about that, but he fixed it in the pocket regional guides, so hopefully others will follow. (the little things bug me at times )

I have a thery about this phenomenon. Adult snowies follow the population fluxes of the lemming, right? Most of the non-irruption year birds I have seen pictures of are immatures. Maybe, for their first winter, snowies follow the arctic breeders south, perhaps because they are not skilled enough to survive an arctic winter as adults can. Perhaps shorebirds like dunlin or plovers, or the snow buntings and horned larks, all of which are common in winter up the northeast coast. Maybe that's why we are graced with their presence yearly. AC, you live in regular snowy range, what do you think?
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Old Friday 24th November 2006, 18:36   #203
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Hi Hubert

I feel the same. I'm going pleas my aunty that she will buy me some book about birds of Norht America. What're good books (it isn't must the best)?

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Old Friday 24th November 2006, 21:50   #204
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I was two times on "owling camp" (about 3 days), but during camps i saw only one owl which was long or short-eraed :). But actually I've seen Tawny, Ural and barn owl in Poland and Little owl in S Europe.

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Hi Wiktoria, I think that the best for North America is Sibley, but in fact I've never tried it :).
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Hey OwlTalon,

Today I got my 3rd owl ever, a Short-eared Owl. YEAH! It was awesome, right in the middle of the day. While birding, we ran into some folks at Plum Island is way northern Mass, from New York! They came all the way from NY in search of a Green-tailed Towhee and an American Avocet. Both birds haven't been seen there since last week. Stupid New Yorkers. Haha, just kidding. Seriously though, Red Sox rock.
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Old Friday 24th November 2006, 22:42   #207
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Hey OwlTalon,

Today I got my 3rd owl ever, a Short-eared Owl. YEAH! It was awesome, right in the middle of the day. While birding, we ran into some folks at Plum Island is way northern Mass, from New York! They came all the way from NY in search of a Green-tailed Towhee and an American Avocet. Both birds haven't been seen there since last week. Stupid New Yorkers. Haha, just kidding. Seriously though, Red Sox rock.
Hey! State discrimination!! I don't like how vagrants always disappear before you get a chance to get down there! However...........I was lucky enough to go to Jamaica Bay (a few miles away) on the day a FULVOUS WHISTLING-DUCK was there, without even knowing about it! Did you catch that one? When I don't expect rare birds, they show, when I go to find something, "Just missed it".

I have a confession to make, don't beleive in rails, I've never seen one. (limpkins and cranes are real, but I'm not so sure about some warblers)
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Old Saturday 25th November 2006, 01:03   #208
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No Rails!

If you're from Long Island You should have gotten the early King Rail at Tobay in April. It the easiest rarity I have ever seen. I got some great looks at it. Oh yeah, and you should have gotten the Connecticut at Jamaica bay in September. It was as easy to find as the King Rail. And I got the Fulvous Whistling Ducks


And the Red Sox rock.

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Old Saturday 25th November 2006, 06:27   #209
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Hey Brent, welcome to Birdforum! I'm also 13.
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Old Saturday 25th November 2006, 07:45   #210
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I saw only one owl - long-eared owl
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You see? I gotta join a message board so I know when these things show up! I woulda made (my parents take) the drive to see the Red-footed Falcon up in Mass, if I didn't hear about it a year later! Frustrating!
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You should join the New York State Birds listserve. You can find out how to join here: http://www.nybirds.org/RecordsRBA.htm
You should also join Metro Birding Briefs:http://groups.yahoo.com/group/btblue/

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Old Monday 27th November 2006, 18:07   #214
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hey OwlTalon,

Rails DO exist, and so do Connecticut Warblers. :)

I chased a Vermillion Flycatcher and Green-tailed Towhee in the UP this weekend, and I saw both. Also Gray Jays, Northern Shrike, and Rough-legged Hawks. What fun.

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I saw NO owls this sunday. AAARRRGGGHH!!!
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I saw NO owls this sunday. AAARRRGGGHH!!!
I am so jealous of you guys! I have only seen one species of owl in the wild and that was a Barred Owl! What I really want to see is a Great Horned Owl!

PS: I am 15 going to be 16 in April. Yeah!
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Great-horns really are amazing, my favorite owl next to the Snowy. Barreds are cool too! If I could see any owl I have never seen, it would be a Northern Hawk Owl.
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Great-horns really are amazing, my favorite owl next to the Snowy. Barreds are cool too! If I could see any owl I have never seen, it would be a Northern Hawk Owl.
I would like to see a Burrowing Owl
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I'm only 13 but I already have a passion for birds and wildlife in general (in the Summer hols I went to Aviemore and found Ospreys, Hen Harriers and Sparrowhawks flying over the cottage). Just wondering if anyone has any tips for someone my age to travel to new places to see new birds, apart from holidays. I live in Coventry so I have reasonable access to most of England and Wales. I'm always keen to see new birds (my lifetime ambition is to beat the record set by Phoebe Snetsinger, but my lifelist (all in Britain) only consists of 158 species). Any help greatly appreciated!!!
i too started birding at about your age although older now, i live in scotland and have done nearly all my life but when i first started i lived in bedworth which is very near to coventry. i find the most enjoyment in having a local patch, traveling to see new birds is very exciting but nothing compared to really getting to know 'your' patch with all its related wildlife and when something rare turns up there its really special. i have been a ringer for a good many years also and it helps you to question the birds you see - why are they there? what are they doing? birds are such a vast and wonderful hobby that there is always something to learn, good luck and enjoy
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Yeah, the Sibley Guide to Birds of North America is probably the best, but the National Geographic Complete Guide to Birds of North America is like, a reference guide, REALLY good!
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Burrowing owl would be very nice!

Hubert, about the detacthment from my NA sightings, I feel the same way bout you guys! We all have parrallel species. American robin for European robin, Red-tail for Buzzard, Sharpie for Sparrowhawk, Downy/Hairy for Great/Lesser Spotted Woodpecker. There are very few we share! Merlin, Osprey, the gulls (unfortunately, Starling and House sparrow), and Barn swallow, or do you call it European swallow? I still don't know their average airspeed velocity.

Edit: Speaking of airspeed velocity, I found out an answer to a question I have long held with no answer! Snowy owls can attain speeds of roughly 50 mph (80 kmh for our metric-friends) in pursuit flight. I always wanted to know that, makes sense though if they can catch ducks in flight after a chase, waterfowl in escape flight reach 40-50mph. Now I know! Fast for an owl, isn't it? (also, regarding owl intelligence: are they at, slightly above, or slightly below average for a bird?)
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No, we call this species like you, Barn swallow.

But I think that there are in Notrh America more species than Europe due to bigger biodiversity.

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Do you lot across the Atlantic have Barn or Short-eared Owls? Now they are great birds!
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Yea... we have both Barn and Short-eared. Owls are awesome, though I'll have to disagree with OwlTalon... Snowy Owl is not my favorite one. I really like Northern Pygmy-owls and Spotted Owls. How many species of owls have all of you seen? (I've seen 15; Barn, Short-eared, Long-eared, Great-horned, Barred, Great Gray, Spotted, Snowy, Eastern, Western and Whiskered Screech, Elf, Northern Pygmy,Northern Saw-whet and Burrowing.)

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I've seen 4
But as ia said you have more species in N America, in Europe (whole) we have about 13 species, and also in Poland:
Tengmalm's - rare breeder
Short-eared - irregular breeder
long-eared - quite common breeder
Great Grey - accidental (about 12 records)
Ural Owl - regular rare breeder (mountains and NE forests)
Tawny - common breeder
Little - decreasing breeder
Pygym Owl - only mountains and NE forests
Hawk Owl - accidental - i'm going to see this in Saturday :]
Snowy Owl - very irregular winter guest
Eagle Owl - local breeder
Scops Owl - accidental
Barn Owl - decreasing breeder

This is sumary of situation of owls in Poland. ;-)
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