Re: birding-aus Barn Owls

Subject: Re: birding-aus Barn Owls
From: "Lawrence E. Conole" <>
Date: Tue, 02 Nov 1999 12:38:02 +1100
> >On Saturday 30 Oct on the Atherton tableland, a group of us drove down a
> >lane near Atherton and saw an incredible "flock" of Barn Owls - we
> >estimated 25+ but assumed some repeat birds.
> >However, 4 of us returned last night and counted 32 separate birds most
> >within 1 km along the lane - quite a remarkable sight.
> >Is this congregation of owls in these numbers unusual?
> >

During a mouse plague in the Wimmera (western Victoria) I was atlassing at
Lake Wooroonook (the first Atlas, circa 1979), and we encountered
congregations of dozens of Barn Owls in woodland around the lake.  I can't
recall exact numbers, but my recollection is of 50-100 birds at a time.

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