Unusual road kill??

To: "Geoffrey Dabb" <>, <>
Subject: Unusual road kill??
From: <>
Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2012 14:49:01 +1000
In winter 1991, I picked up three roadside-killed barn owls in 24 hours. Two were with 1km of one another on the Monaro Hwy near Bredbo, the third in Dairy Road (then a through road) near Jerrabomberra Wetlands. They all went to the CSIRO. I’ve never seen a live one around the ACT!

Stewart  -  I have two marginally relevant observations:


a)      By coincidence, more than 10 years ago I picked up a similarly intact specimen (now at Gungahlin)along the same stretch, more between Stockinbingal and Jindalee SF, mid-morning, apparently not long killed

b)      Barn Owls are often flushed from roosts during daylight.  I still remember the occasion more than 60 years ago, when the kids at North Geelong State School cruelly flushed a Barn Owl from the shelter-sheds and ran, a shrilling horde, the length of the playground in the forlorn owl-wake



From: martin butterfield [
Sent: Monday, 30 July 2012 9:49 AM
To: Wendy and Stewart
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Unusual road kill??




On out trip to Port Lincoln we flushed a Barn Owl from a Melaleuca in coastal scrub at about 1600 - which would fit the timing of your event.  It was still daylight but heading towards evening so perhaps the bird was getting ready to go hunting.


It certainly had a full alimentary canal when it took off, a situation remedied in an extreme manner within about 4 wingbeats - fortunately not over our heads.



On Mon, Jul 30, 2012 at 9:35 AM, Wendy and Stewart <> wrote:

Yesterday at 1645, 15 kms east of Temora on Burley Griffin Way, there was a recently killed Barn Owl.  From the appearance of the injuries, the fact that it had not been run over since the original hit, and that I’m pretty sure it wasn’t there when we went out, I think the accident must have occurred between 1430 and 1630 in full daylight.


Isn’t this a bit unusual?


Stewart May.


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