Date: 12/2/19 6:13 am
From: timothy.barksdale <timothy.barksdale...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: (not a sighting) Nothern Saw-whet Owl habitat
Agree with Fawn, The smaller denser trees seem to attract the majority of
birds i've seen over the years. That being said, Saw-whets do use different
strategies. at the Amana colonies there used to be 2-3 birds for several
winters and they were in fairly mature trees, Don Pogenssee finds his birds
in rather mature but dense trees also. I do believe that if the trees are
too mature or thin, they will not hold SWOW for long.

Tim Barksdale
Choteau MT & Mokane MO

On Sunday, December 1, 2019 at 5:42:06 PM UTC-5, jgmccoy350 wrote:
> I surveyed the cedar grove in Hickory Hill park in Iowa City where NSWO
> were fairly routinely seen several years ago. No birds or whitewash seen.
> The last e-bird report of a NSWO at the park was in December 2017. The
> cedars seem more mature now, mostly 20-30 feet. The invasive honeysuckle
> is thicker and taller. I also saw two Great Horned owls in the grove
> today and a Barred Owl during a similar fruitless survey a couple of weeks
> ago. So is it just happenstance there have been no NSWOs there the
> last couple of years? Is it the habitat change with larger cedars and
> taller more impenetrable brush? The big owls? Would clearing the invasive
> Honeysuckle improve the habitat?
> I’d be interested to hear what is considered ideal winter habitat for
> Northern Saw-whet Owls.
> Thanks,
> Jamie McCoy
> Iowa City

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