Date: 11/17/21 9:03 am
From: Frank Mantlik <mantlik...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Snowy owls: Is this an irruption year? (Slightly off-topic)
Greetings, Felix!
It was great to hear from you. Your info about Snowy Owls in Spain is very interesting, and thanks Severin for sharing the paper documenting ship-riding Snowy Owls from Canada in the past. Interesting stuff!
Best regards,
Frank Mantlik
Stratford, CT

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> On Nov 17, 2021, at 11:11 AM, <GMC2...> wrote:
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> That’s great information Paul and thank you for the post. The amount of variables in nature are huge.
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> 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)
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> 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.
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> 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
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> - healthy rufous hummingbirds have been seen in Pennsylvania in January in 10-degree F. temperatures.
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>> On Wed, Nov 17, 2021 at 10:38 AM Severin Uebbing < <mailto:<severinuebbing...> <severinuebbing...>
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>> That's interesting indeed! There are reports of Snowy Owls that
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>> arrived in western Europe by ship from northeastern North America (see
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>> <https://www.researchgate.net/publication/307108742_Sneeuwuilen_uit_Can> https://www.researchgate.net/publication/307108742_Sneeuwuilen_uit_Can
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>> ada_en_Groenland_per_schip_naar_Noordwest-Europa,
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>> has English abstract). As you say, they are scarcer there, I saw none
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>> during my time in Sweden. It also fits to the behavior of Snowy Owls,
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>> which tend to look for tundra-like open spaces and end up on
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>> northeastern beaches. That "beach" that some owl ended up on might
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>> just as well be part of a ship and that's how they end up in Europe.
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>> Severin
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>> On 11/17/21 10:01, Felix Sangari via CTBirds wrote:
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>>> Greetings from Spain,
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>>> As you have been discussing the recent sightings of snowy owls in CT
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>> want to share some info with you, and ask your expert opinion.. In the
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>> 10 days we have had 3 snowy owls in the north coast of Spain. The
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>> first one was recovered in Santander (where I live) on Nov 6th, a
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>> young male in very poor condition, that was taken to a rescue center
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>> but died next day. A female was located the 10th, and another male the
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>> 13th. Those two are apparently in good condition and flying around
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>> Cabo Peñas in Asturias. No rings or leashes that could point to an
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>> escape. As the european population is scarce, and there are no
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>> reported sightings between Norway and northen Spain, the idea is that
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>> they arrived from Canada. Are you aware of any bird movement, any
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>> storm, anything that could confirm this origin or explain the journey?
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>> Just as a curiosity, as we are more than happy to just watch these amazing visitors from the other side of the pond..
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>>> Félix J. SangariSantander (Spain)
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>>> PD: We are not used to watch snowies, and people from all over Spain
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>> France are going there to see them, but everybody is behaving
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>> extremely well, and no one was closer than 100 yards the first days.
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>> Let's see if this respect continues..
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