Date: 3/2/17 2:52 pm From: Brian K via CTBirds <ctbirds...> Subject: [CT Birds] GGOW in NH
I know many contacted me about the Great Gray Owl irruption that was happening up in Montreal, Canada. I was more than happy to help people with info to make the trip and make it smooth by relaying through the mistakes or issues I learned on our maiden voyage. Many went and the birds, at the time, were so reliable that everyone I talked too got to see one or several.
We went up again last week and it appears we had some of the last viewings as the refuge has had scattered or no reports, daily, since that warm front blew through.
If anyone missed seeing them, I just noticed that there is a Great Gray Owl being seen a LOT closer in Newport, NH. It doesn't seem to be as reliable as the Canada birds, but it's about half the drive and you don't have to leave the country. I just found out about this as a friend of mine went looking yesterday, unsuccessfully, but there was a report of it being found again today in the same area.
Speaking of owls, I have had an amazing year finding and photographing them, so far, this year. My discovery of a saw-whet back in January and amazing luck finding and photographing several rare species up in Canada has triggered me to a project. I am trying to see and photograph (ethically ie...no calls or nigh-time flashlights) all 19 species of North American owl. I originally wanted to do it all in the calendar year of 2017, but work scheduling and funding may make this harder then I want to deal with in that short time frame. I may stretch it out over 2 years (depending on how my trips to TX and AZ go this year). If I succeed, I want to write a book about the experience and put together a presentation.
I mention this because one of the hardest species, and pretty much the only one I am missing from our area, is the Boreal Owl...with good reason.
I am reaching out to ask for help with an alert if one happens to show up anywhere in New England. I know how sensitive owls species are and their reporting often doesn't happen due to some bad behavior. I am just asking to please be thought about should one hit the reporting underground. I would even be more than happy to captain the trip with my vehicle.
We are planning a trip to Alaska next year, so I guess worst case scenario is I have a much better chance in 2018 for a Boreal, hence the addition of another year to my project.