Masked Owls in Sydney NSW

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Subject: Masked Owls in Sydney NSW
From: "alan morris" <>
Date: Sat, 16 Jun 2007 13:32:37 +1000
Hi Birders,

Carl Corden asked about the status of Masked Owls in the Berowra-Hornsby area and this is what I have found out from the records of Birding NSW as published in their Annual Reports. Masked Owls are raely recorded in Sydney (=County of Cumberland), indeed this has always been the case as Hindwood & McGill 1956 (The Birds of Sydney) only mentioned one record, that at Menai in 1949, while E.S.Hoskin 1991 (Birds of Sydney), reports two breeding records, at Lindfield 1906 and Warriewood 1974. Overall, Masked Owls in the County of Cumberland are confined to the tall forests on Sydney's North Shore, Lindfield to Berowra, and to the south in the tall wet forests of Royal National Park. However they are moderately common to the north of Sydney on the Central Coast.and to the north-west of Sydney, in the St Albans, Colo & Colo Heights area of Hawkesbury Shire. Vagrants are reported elsewhere.

Set out below are all published records that have appeared in the NSW Annual Bird Reports, Debus & Rose1994 (Large Forest Owls of NSW Aust. Birds 48, S40-64) and previously mentioned references, note that there are more records for Sep-Apr, than the rest of the year:

1897    specimen Liverpool
1888    specimen Concord
1905    specimen Cooks River
1906    Nesting Lindfield
1916    specimen Wallacia
1935    29/8 1 Avalon
1949    Menai
1960    9/2 roosting West Pennant Hills
1965    10/6 specimen Newport
1966    Reported 1966-1976 by Reynolds/Atlas
1967    22/4 road kill (=RK)  specimen Pennant Hills
1968    27/1 specimen Dee Why, 23/11 found dead Kenthurst
1970    30/6 RK Lady Carrington Drive Royal NP
1972    7/9 Pennant Hills
1974    Resident Warriewood, nesting.
1975    13/11 Hornsby Heights
1980    2/10, flush in Ku-ring-gai Chase NP near Asquith
1985    14/4 Wynyard Park, 23/4 1 Campsie
           14/11    1 Lady Carrington Drive, RNP
1991 17/10 HC Cowan Creek, 19/10 RK Annangrove, 18-30/4 AF Heathcoate adjoining RNP
1997    11/12 RK Richmond
1999    30/1 HC Lady Carrington Drive RNP
2000    12/11 Lady Carrington Drive RNP, 26/12 RK St Ives
2002 12/12 1 found dead Sydney Domain, -/10 Cowan Creek, pellets found containing Antechinus stuarti bones 2003 12/1, another found dead the Domain, Sydney, 5/6 found dead Sydney Bot. Gardens
2005     -/6 HC Berowra Regional Park

Alan Morris
Editor, NSW Annual Bird Report

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