Date: 11/17/21 8:10 am
From: <gmc2...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Snowy owls: Is this an irruption year? (Slightly off-topic)
That’s great information Paul and thank you for the post. The amount of variables in nature are huge.



Glen Cummings



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From: Paul Plotnick <pdplot2...>
Sent: Wednesday, November 17, 2021 10:51 AM
To: Severin Uebbing <severinuebbing...>
Cc: CTBirds <ctbirds...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Snowy owls: Is this an irruption year? (Slightly off-topic)



I'm reading a book every birder should read - *A World on the Wing *by Scott Weidensaul. Lots of nerdish details but well written, all about bird migration and how it is tracked today. There's quite a bit on Snowy Owls.

Seems there are much less of them than previously thought as they migrate to different places. And - contrary to popular belief, they are not starving and stressed but mostly immature individuals relatively unafraid of people, airplanes, etc. as they don't encounter them in the Arctic. And

- healthy rufous hummingbirds have been seen in Pennsylvania in January in 10-degree F. temperatures.



On Wed, Nov 17, 2021 at 10:38 AM Severin Uebbing < <mailto:<severinuebbing...> <severinuebbing...>

wrote:



> That's interesting indeed! There are reports of Snowy Owls that

> arrived in western Europe by ship from northeastern North America (see

>

> <https://www.researchgate.net/publication/307108742_Sneeuwuilen_uit_Can> https://www.researchgate.net/publication/307108742_Sneeuwuilen_uit_Can

> ada_en_Groenland_per_schip_naar_Noordwest-Europa,

>

> has English abstract). As you say, they are scarcer there, I saw none

> during my time in Sweden. It also fits to the behavior of Snowy Owls,

> which tend to look for tundra-like open spaces and end up on

> northeastern beaches. That "beach" that some owl ended up on might

> just as well be part of a ship and that's how they end up in Europe.

>

> Severin

>

> On 11/17/21 10:01, Felix Sangari via CTBirds wrote:

> > Greetings from Spain,

> > As you have been discussing the recent sightings of snowy owls in CT

> > I

> want to share some info with you, and ask your expert opinion.. In the

> last

> 10 days we have had 3 snowy owls in the north coast of Spain. The

> first one was recovered in Santander (where I live) on Nov 6th, a

> young male in very poor condition, that was taken to a rescue center

> but died next day. A female was located the 10th, and another male the

> 13th. Those two are apparently in good condition and flying around

> Cabo Peñas in Asturias. No rings or leashes that could point to an

> escape. As the european population is scarce, and there are no

> reported sightings between Norway and northen Spain, the idea is that

> they arrived from Canada. Are you aware of any bird movement, any

> storm, anything that could confirm this origin or explain the journey?

> Just as a curiosity, as we are more than happy to just watch these amazing visitors from the other side of the pond..

> > Félix J. SangariSantander (Spain)

> > PD: We are not used to watch snowies, and people from all over Spain

> > and

> France are going there to see them, but everybody is behaving

> extremely well, and no one was closer than 100 yards the first days.

> Let's see if this respect continues..

> >

> >

> >

> >

> >

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