[Tweeters] FW: [IBLE] Re: [inland-NW-birders]Snowy Owls in September

Peter Sullins thesullinsfamily at earthlink.net
Thu Sep 7 13:44:37 PDT 2006


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Subject: [IBLE] Re: [inland-NW-birders]Snowy Owls in September

For those of you are following the Snowy Owls. As many of you know I am in
the midst of 3 month work assignment in SE Alaska. Migration is definitely
started. I have seen a number of Rough-legged Hawks near the British
Columbia/Yukon border the last couple of weeks.
Shorebirds are all but nonexistent this far north. I spent the long weekend
camping in Kluane National Park in the southern Yukon and saw numerous
Lapland Longspurs, redpolls, Rough-legged Hawks, even a Gyrfalcoln. Tried
for N. Hawk-owl but unlike me they apparently had more sense to stay out of
the 40 degree rain. The site is supposed to have a number of pair nesting
though. Also lemmings and voles both seem to be having a pretty bad year in
this area, which may bode well for an invasion down south. Stacey I assume
you are still in the Fairbanks area have you seen anything unusual in terms
of early movements?

Mike Munts
Arco, ID
currently in Skagway, AK

Matthew Moskwik <mpmoskwik at hotmail.com> wrote:

On Saturday a Snowy Owl was spotted near Nanaimo , Vancouver Island , B.C.
This sighting along with the one in Bonner's Ferry perhaps hints at an
early migration for this species. Does this also indicate that we're in
for a major invasion year?

Matthew Moskwik
Elk, WA
mpmoskwik at hotmail.com

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