Powerful Owl

Subject: Powerful Owl
From: "Wynton Maddeford" <>
Date: Wed, 08 May 2002 18:59:20 +0800
Hi All,
In relation to David Fischer's report of a Powerful Owl (although tragically a road kill) in Woolongong, mention was made of the unusual sighting of this species in a built up area.
In April 2001 i observed an immature Barking Owl in metro Perth (Mt Pleasant) at Blue Gum Lake. To my knowledge this is a very unusual occurrence.
Perhaps these sightings are suggesting that during Autumn there is some movement out of home territories into new areas for the Owls to establish a new home territory. As Autumn wanderings by many species is quite common, it would not be unusual for Owls to do the same.I don't know if the Powerful Owl at Woolongong was an immature.
On the subject of Owls, June and Ward The Northern Barred Owls in Eastern Massachusetts have recently hatched two eggs . Spencer and Penelope are doing well and you can continue to check their progress on The quality of the pictures, together with sounds and the excellent commentary make this one of my favourites and well worth a look.
A final word on Owls relates to nest boxes. With the general decline of suitable nesting trees i remind readers of the benefit of installing nesting boxes and with the breeding season only a few months away, now is a good time to install them. 
Wynton Maddeford

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