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Owls Migrate, Too

Written by Richa Malhotra

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[Short-eared Owl call, ML 198229341, 0:13-0:14]

Once we consider fowl migrations, owls in all probability aren’t the primary birds we image. You would possibly consider a bluebird or a robin first. 

However the Brief-eared Owl is one among a handful of owls that does migrate. Affectionately known as “shorties,” they fly south for the winter in North America however keep on the continent. In different components of the world, like Europe and Asia, they take transcontinental flights.

[Northern Saw-whet Owl hoots, ML 40576, 0:12-0:15]

The Northern Noticed-whet Owl is one other owl that’s southbound come fall. Noticed-whets had been thought of year-round residents when actually they migrate at evening—unseen. 

[Snowy Owl call, ML 138288, 0:12-0:15]

Then there’s the Snowy Owl, which strikes away from its nesting grounds within the Arctic tundra to spend winter within the northern U.S. In contrast to birds that flock to the identical vacation spot yearly, snowies are extra versatile, typically wandering wherever they will discover meals. 

And let’s not overlook the Burrowing Owl.

[Burrowing Owl hoot, ML 119479, 0:19-0:20] 

Some Burrowing Owls spend their entire life in a single place. However others migrate each spring and fall with the regularity of a bluebird. 

So subsequent time somebody mentions migration, suppose owls.  

[Snowy Owl call, ML 138288, 0:12-0:15]

For BirdNote, I’m Michael Stein.

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Bird sounds supplied by The Macaulay Library of Pure Sounds on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Brief-eared Owl ML 198229341 recorded by L. Pearson, Northern Noticed-whet Owl ML 40576 recorded by G. Keller, Snowy Owl ML 138288 recorded by G. Vyn, and Burrowing Owl ML 119479 recorded by G. Keller. 
BirdNote’s theme was composed and performed by Nancy Rumbel and John Kessler.
© 2022 BirdNote      August 2022  Narrator: Michael Stein

ID# migration-38-2022-08-29    migration-38    

References:
https://www.jstor.org/steady/4070948
https://hyperlink.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-662-05957-9_25
 

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