Date: 2/11/18 3:18 pm
From: Nate Dias (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: False claim of SC high count for Short-eared Owls
It was brought to my attention that Jack Rogers claimed a new SC high
count of 4 Short-eared Owls last weekend:

-- This is untrue.

A few examples:

Six Short-eared Owls were sighted on Daniel Island, SC on January 6, 1972.

Sandy Sprunt wrote of "Five or six flushed at once from crest of a
high dune on Long Island [Beaufort County] today" on January 23, 1931.

And four Short-eared Owls is not unprecedented - one more example:
four were seen repeatedly in the winter of 1955-56 at the Savannah
River Site.

* Once again: eBird is a SUBSET of the entire record - treating it as
the complete story is a mistake.

Nathan Dias - Charleston, SC
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