Powerful Owl

To: "Wynton Maddeford" <>
Subject: Powerful Owl
From: Andy Burton's Bush Tours <>
Date: Thu, 9 May 2002 14:25:13 +1000
Hi Wynton,

in Sydney, NSW, Powerful Owls are present in small numbers as breeding residents throughout the northern metropolitan area. They require reserves of bushland.

In recent times I have lived in three of the northern suburbs of Sydney and regularly heard Powerful Owls in all three (ie heard from home without searching).

Their main prey, the Common Ringtail Possum is abundant in the area.

At Cammaray they were just over 4 km from the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the heart of the city.


ps they are also in the southern suburbs but I am not aware of how widespread and common they are there.

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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