Re: Great Gray Owl circus- Missoula
- 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!!!