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Owl Seekers Wanted!
The Delaware Breeding Bird Atlas is entering its fifth and final year of data collection. In this last year, project coordinators, area compilers and altasers will be working hard to fill in the gaps. In 2012, birders will see a more concerted effort to collect data for individual species or groups of species, like nocturnal birds such as owls.
Beginning on December 1, 2011, safe dates started for two owls – Eastern Screech-Owl and Great Horned Owl. On January 1, 2012, safe dates start for Barred Owl. These species have gone undetected in a number of BBA blocks and we can use all the help we can get to find them.
If you are interested in doing some owling, here are few tips:
- In general, owling on weekend mornings or evenings can reduce the amount of traffic noise you might encounter during the week.
- For Great Horned Owls, try just before and after dusk and dawn when pairs are contact calling frequently.
- You can look for screech-owls anytime. Screech-owls will respond to call playback both day and night.
- Use owl call playback responsibly. Try playing a call for no more than 5 minutes. If you don’t get a response within 5 minutes of stopping, they are either not present or unlikely to call at all.
- Tapes don’t need to be played at high volumes – owls have excellent hearing.
- Go owling in groups and spread out at stops to increase your chances of hearing birds.
- Be respectful of private property! Don’t trespass or make stops and play tapes too close to private residences.
- BE SAFE! Use your hazard lights when stopped near busy traffic areas or areas with limited shoulders. If someone stops and you feel uncomfortable – leave! Don’t be confrontational or take risks.
- If you are a registered atlaser, don't forget to enter your sightings into the BBA Explorer! If you are not a registered atlaser and want to report owls sightings or want to sign up, contact Anthony Gonzon.
The map below depicts blocks in which OWLS have not yet been detected. If you are considering which blocks you might like to check for owls, look over this map and then click on the corresponding map link in the block list below.
GREEN means GO OWLING in these blocks!
|Code||Maps||Block Name||Region||Code||Maps||Block Name||Region|
|9||map||Marcus Hook - SW||Region 1||179||map||Rehoboth Beach - SW||Region 5|
|17||map||Newark East - CE||Region 1||200||map||Bethany Beach - CE||Region 5|
|18||map||Wilmington South - CW||Region 1||211||map||Bethany Beach - SE||Region 5|
|21||map||Newark East - SW||Region 1||222||map||Assawoman Bay - NE||Region 5|
|23||map||Wilmington South - SW||Region 1||227||map||Kennett Square - CW||Region 1|
|25||map||St. Georges - NW||Region 1||228||map||Marcus Hook - CE||Region 1|
|27||map||Delaware City - NW||Region 1||229||map||West Grove - SE||Region 1|
|28||map||Elkton - CE||Region 1||231||map||Penns Grove - NW||Region 1|
|32||map||Elkton - SE||Region 1||233||map||Wilmington South - SE||Region 1|
|37||map||Middletown - NW||Region 2||234||map||Delaware City - NE||Region 1|
|55||map||Smyrna - CW||Region 2||236||map||Delaware City - SE||Region 1|
|59||map||Clayton - SE||Region 2||238||map||Taylors Bridge - CE||Region 2|
|61||map||Smyrna - SE||Region 2||241||map||Woodland Beach - NW||Region 2|
|63||map||Woodland Beach - SE||Region 2||244||map||Woodland Beach - CE||Region 2|
|65||map||Kenton - NE||Region 2||249||map||Sudlersville - CE||Region 3|
|68||map||Little Creek - NW||Region 2||254||map||Bennetts Pier - CW||Region 3|
|69||map||Little Creek - NE||Region 2||257||map||Mispillion River - NE||Region 3|
|76||map||Kenton - SW||Region 3||258||map||Mispillion River - CE||Region 3|
|82||map||Marydel - NW||Region 3||265||map||Lewes - CE||Region 4|
|84||map||Wyoming - NW||Region 3||266||map||Cape Henlopen - CW||Region 4|
|131||map||Lewes - NW||Region 4||278||map||Bethany Beach - NE||Region 5|