Thursday, October 22, 2009

Boreal Owls on the move south this fall?

On Tuesday night under perfect weather conditions 26 Boreal Owls were banded at the Hilliardton Marsh Bird Wetland Research and Education Center near New Liskeard, Ontario. Bruce Murphy reports that so far 40 Boreal Owls have been banded this fall. The center is located 20 km north of New Liskeard which is approximately 450 km north of Toronto. No one knows for sure if this is the beginning of a major flight south but I'm sure everyone will be out checking there favorite owling areas. I haven't heard of any other reports from banding stations but this will be definitely something to check out and see how wide spread the movement is in the east. Stay tuned! Good birding, Bruce

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