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Here is the bird list for Isle Royale: http://www.nps.gov/isro/naturescience/l ... eID=263922
It lists three species of Owl, and I think all of them are rare to see. Loons, Mergansers, Gray Jays, a variety of other rapors.. Those you see all the time. I'll have to keep an eye out for an owl.
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Philranger's very recent trip report spoke of hearing a pair of Great Horned Owls at Daisy Farm.gcloud wrote:Does anyone know what species of owls live on the island? And also, have you had any interesting experiences with owls on IR?
Including permanent residence and migratory path, I found these references:
Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus Breeder/Permanent Resident Rare
Barred Owl Strix varia Possible Breeder/Permanent Resident Occasional
Northern Saw-whet Owl Aegolius acadicus Possible Breeder/Permanent Resident Occasional
NPS reference: Bird of Isle Royale
From the above NPS web page: Word document of list of birds ISRO
Also I found these books and posts:
The Birds of Isle Royale National Park: Robert Janke, 1964
The Birds of Isle Royale: Rose Bobin I stopped looking at all 183 photos when the first owl showed up (Northern Saw-whet Owl).
I didn't see any mention of Snowy Owls but I'd bet they make a rare appearance on their migration to the Arctic.
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