Date: 3/11/17 8:21 pm
From: Nancy W <nwilkie2010...>
Subject: Re: [NHBirds] Re: Great Gray Owl
Very well said!

On Sat, Mar 11, 2017 at 11:05 PM Jon Woolf <jsw...> wrote:

> While I agree that we should try to avoid flushing a bird
> unnecessarily, I also have to agree with David Lipsy that this
> particular owl seems quite un-stressed by all the activity around
> it. I went up to Newport to see the owl last Sunday, found it
> without any trouble, and (along with about 60-70 other people)
> watched it for about half an hour before it left its perch and flew
> into the woods, presumably to hunt for dinner. I've seen stressed
> and nervous birds before, as I'm sure we all have. This Great Grey
> Owl is not behaving that way. The owl's behavior while perched
> reminded me a great deal of the Bald Eagle that the Finch Trip found
> a couple of weeks ago. Said eagle was perched forty feet up in a
> tree, had excellent visibility all around, and was very clearly
> watching us as much as we were watching it. Yet it didn't appear
> stressed. When it flew, it didn't act scared; rather, it did so as
> if it had simply decided it wanted to be somewhere
> else. Anthropomorphizing recklessly, I'd say that if I saw a human
> behaving the way this owl and that eagle were behaving, I'd call it
> "curious", with a healthy dose of "confused" at the inexplicable
> behavior of all these oddly colored two-legged creatures around it.
>
> ANY bird will flush if approached too closely... but IMHO we should
> all keep in mind that every bird is an individual, and not every bird
> will be stressed simply from having watchers around, as long as we
> remember to keep a respectful distance.
>
> -- Jon Woolf
> Manchester, NH
>
>
> At 06:02 PM 3/11/2017, Anthony Hill wrote:
> >Hello -
> >
> >With regard to an inquiry (won't the bird just fly off) I think we need
> >to keep in mind that this type of weather and time of year is a
> >stressful period for just about any wild creature, and any action that
> >causes a bird to flush unnecessarily should be avoided in my opinion. It
> >probably causes the bird to use energy that maybe in short supply.
> >
> >Thanks; my two cents.
> >
> >Anthony Hill
> >S. Hadley, MA
> >
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