|Date: ||Mon, 21 Dec 1998 03:28:12 EST|
|Sender: ||Georgia Birders Online <GABO-L@UGA.CC.UGA.EDU>|
|From: ||Rick West <RickLWest@AOL.COM>|
|Subject: ||CBC & other Owls|
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For the Breeding Bird Atlas (gbba), the breeding season for GH Owls began Dec
15, and barn owl sightings are accepted year round.
I urge all CBCer to turn in the location of GH and Barn owls found during the
counts. All the compilers have (or will shortly receive) a map of their CBC
circle imposed on the Atlas grid. If you do not have a discussion of the owl
locations during compilation, please send me the location of owls you found.
I need enough detail so I can place the owls on a detailed road map. CBC
name, and estimated distance and direction from an intersection will do.
For GH Owl, the gbba has reports from only 100 of the 4000 survey blocks of
Ga. We are doing slightly better on our statistical sample, for which we have
reports from 66 of the 650 central-east priority blocks (10%). There are less
Barn Owl reports. CBC reports are particularly needed from barrier islands or
other areas where special permission and arrangements are required. GH Owls
are much less vocal in early summer when most of the gbba field work is do
than they are now.
Reports are needed of these owls also from other field trips or around your
neighborhood. It makes a lot of sense to plead for serendipitous reports
before driving to an area where a report is needed just to see if a GHO can be
If you are going birding anyway, wouldn't it be nice to arrive just before
first light to listen for owls and woodcocks, then listen to the first chips
of the day, and maybe hear a Wood Duck or night-heron fly by. Let me know
what you hear.
All reports I receive will be formatted for the gbba and passed on to Regional
Coordinators and to Todd Schneider.
For information for all those who live in the Atlanta area, we have only the
following records posted (and there are some yet to be posted):
USGS quadrangle block report
Northeast Atlanta NE Pair
CW Fledged young
CE Fledged young
Northwest Atlanta SE Pair (just reported)
Southeast Atlanta no reports
Southwest Atlanta SW Fledged young
The during which we will accept any report of owls seen or heard are
Barn Owl anytime
GH Owl Dec 15 - June 30
Barred Owl Feb 10 - June 30
Screech Owl Mar 15 - June 30