Survey Help: The Hoo in Taboo

In conjunction with all the discussion around the hoo in taboo, I’ll like to post a quick poll to get a snap shot of what people think. I’m trying to come up with an accurate poll and I’d like your thoughts on the following:

If you find an owl roost:
A. Don’t reveal it to others
B. You can reveal it to fellow birders
C. You can reveal it to anyone
D. It depends on the species
E. Depends on location of owl

There's room for improvement here so let me have it!


Amy said...

I'd tell someone I've got owls nesting but I wouldn't encourage visiting the site. I believe raptors, in particular, should be given a very wide berm. Now that our resident Eastern screech owl has shown keen interest in the nest boxes, I've advised our boys to steer clear of them until further notice.

Richard said...

I'd do A"...not tell anybody about it but for a different reason. I want to keep it all to myself and share an occasional photo.

Susan Gets Native said...

I think it depends on both the species (NEVER for barn owls) and the time of year.
IF the owl is nesting in a park or public area (like our GHOW) I see no harm in letting at least a local list serv know. I even point out our GHOW to non-birders while I am watching her. Most "normal" people have never seen a real owl, and it might just trigger a new birder within them.
But a roost....that gets tricky. The owls need to rest, and they get exhausted during the day while crazy birders come in for a look.
I heard about a local barn owl nest from some of the RAPTOR board members, but they weren't allowed to tell me or anyone where it was, due to the extreme rare status. I didn't mind. Sometimes, we need to leave them alone.

Michael said...

I'm inclined not to share the location with anyone unless I know them fairly well. Even then, I would think twice.

Btw, do you recall the sparrow hawk nest we watched as kids ... if only we had decent camera's back then :-)

Its also relevant to this topic, as i recall we discussed the nest site with a "trusted" person ... and next thing the nesting tree was being climbed by four college kids :(

Anyway, as I often say:

"There are two kinds of paranoia, total and insufficient."

Hannibal said...

I never reveal to just anyone. I only entrust the people who know how to approach one, and has their best interests at heart.

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Owlman said...

Thanks for stopping by everyone. The poll is now live so pop in and vote! I agree with most of you and I am also very cautious when it comes to owls. Hannibal I noticed that you didn’t even reveal the town where the GHO's are nesting. Maybe that links in with Michael thoughts that "There are two kinds of paranoia, total and insufficient." ;-)

Michael of course I remember the Sparrowhawk nest! Do you remember the Barn and Grass owls that used to roost down in the wetlands below the nest? I actually wrote a letter to the town council when they wanted to remove that nest and I still have it - pretty funny stuff. Growing up at Treverton sure was a load of fun, especially with all the wildlife around us.

Michael said...

haha, yes ... barn owl in a wetland, who would have thought ... I think we were bundu bashing through those thorny blackberries looking for sparrowhawk kills we found those owls!

its amazing what you stumble across when you have the time and inclination to wander around "on a whim":-)

Elaine Rimbach said...

If an owl is nesting in a public spot, there is a strong liklihood that it is acclimated to having numerous people around all day. So I would point it out to others and tell my birding friends. However, if I stumbled across an owl in a secluded area or on private property, I would not share the location.

I was wading alongside the mangroves in a bay one morning when I unexpectedly came upon a black-crowned night heron - not 10 feet away. I don't know who was more surprised. I have not told anyone the location.