Re: [MOB-Montana] Great Gray Owl circus- Missoula
- Puts a fright in Me!
We've already lost one owl already this season, up Kalispell way.
I'd not seen either bird but it upsets me no end that we make a spectacle out of them, then run 'em down!!!
--- In MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com, fcbayernmunich@... wrote:
> That must have been somebody else. I saw it around 2pm. I only had my point
> & shoot at the time and had to go to work, so I came back this morning and
> watched it hunt along 7th St. (just west of Hiberta). A delight to watch it
> dive down in the snow after mice, voles, etc. At one point it dove down
> towards the road and swooped up right in front of somebody's windshield as
> they were driving down the road. Must have put a fright into the driver.
> Andrew in Missoula
> > Yikes! When I got there at 5:45ish, it was further back in the field and
> > there was one photographer (maybe Andrew?) just leaving as I arrived. I
> > was later joined in the field for a few minutes by father and son. We
> > were reasonably far from the owl, who was actively and successfully
> > hunting, but a woman in a yard on the west side of the field was
> > screaming at us. I appreciate the sentiment to protect the owl from
> > encroachment but I vert much did not appreciate that she almost
> > intimidated the father and son out of seeing the owl and made the kid
> > feel like he was doing something wrong.
> > Katie LaSalle-Lowerykatie@...
> > http://www.bigskycountry.net
> > Blog: http://blog.bigskycountry.net
- Perhaps MOBbers can dedicate themselves to birding by bicycle more frequently? Its the best way to see and especially hear all sorts of birds. If I head out again, I will make my next visit via bicycle, to ensure I am not the one to hit it. This afternoon I was driving too darn slow while looking for the bird to be any risk myself... but wildlife, roads, and cars can indeed be a terrible combination. Let's slow down!
- Steve (et al):
While it upsets me as well that the Northern Hawk Owl west of Kalispell was killed in a collision with a car, I am also certain it was not a result of birders. It chose to winter along a very busy highway, and was quite oblivious to both birders and traffic. As far as I know, the MOB and visiting birders did nothing at all to hasten its demise.
That said, it certainly pays to be very conscientious about not overly stressing birds, and just because a bird is apparently "tame" does not mean we should not all be respectful enough to keep a bit of distance.
--- In MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com, "Steven Hughes" <sdh@...> wrote:
> Puts a fright in Me!
> We've already lost one owl already this season, up Kalispell way.
> I'd not seen either bird but it upsets me no end that we make a spectacle out of them, then run 'em down!!!