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Report of Carolina Birds Barn Owl Expedition, 29 Oct 02
- To: Carolina birds group <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Subject: Report of Carolina Birds Barn Owl Expedition, 29 Oct 02
- From: David Lenat <email@example.com>
- Date: Thu, 31 Oct 2002 17:59:38 -0500
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The Carolina Birds Barn Owl expedition to Shelby was a great success,
with three owls seen at two locations. Jo Ann Martin
(email@example.com) graciously led a group consisting a contingent
from Greenville (Wallace Mann and friend), Rob Van Epps from Charlotte,
Alan Johnston from Chapel Hill and myself.
All owls were in abandoned cotton gins, and flushed quickly when
disturbed. This means that going into these buildings by yourself is
unlikely to yield a good look at owls, as the bird will have exited from
a high window before the "flusher" has a chance to see it. An outside
observer, however, who is properly positioned will be able to get a good
head-on look at the owl; the unusual color is also easily observed.
All birds flew to nearby trees, but not to a location that could be
easily observed. Abundant owl pellets were seen at both locations,
which should be a good signal that an abandoned building is being used
as an owl roost.
The downside of this owl-watching might be that too much daytime
disturbance could cause the bird to abandon these buildings. For this
reason, don't expect Jo Ann to divulge exact locations or to lead
I have not heard from any individuals who were going to check the known
coastal locations. Anyone seeing the owl near Bayboro (or any other
Barn Owl) should send a notice to the whole group. I had many inquiries
from people who would like to see a Barn Owl in North Carolina.
Who knows where to find King rails, Virginia rails, or Sora near the
Triangle? I seem to recall some rails mentioned from the Lake Wheeler
marshes, but don't know any specifics. Any one with information please
reply to me off-list. Thanks!