[Tweeters] Short-eared Owls?

Zora Monster zoramon at mac.com
Sat Apr 23 07:54:41 PDT 2022

Q1: Flooding likely severely limited the SEO’s food sources causing them to go elsewhere.

Q2: I have seen reports of SEOs on Whitney Island on FB birding groups.

Zora Dermer

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> On Apr 23, 2022, at 7:42 AM, jimbetz at jimbetz.com wrote:


> Hi,


> Last year, particularly in Jan and Feb but well into May - we were seeing

> Short-Eared Owls on the Samish Flats and Fir Island. This year has been

> VERY few. Does anyone know:


> 1) Why they aren't here this year?

> 2) Where they ARE this year?


> I will speculate on #1 by noting that we had a very long cold spell

> this year and it may have affected the vole/rodent population. ???


> I tried to use e-Bird to answer #2 and failed. I can get it to focus

> on Skagit County -or- on Short-eared Owls ... but not both ... in order

> to find "last seen". What am I doing wrong?

> - Jim in Burlington


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