BirdLife Southern Queensland’s Powerful Owl project update
The update this month:
· How many owls have we observed and how many of us are there now?
· What are we seeing / what to expect?
· 2018 review and 2019 planning meeting – come along
· Powerful Owl intro workshop for those who do not have permits
· Bird Week this week – a great reason to count some birds
· Twitchathon next weekend – another great excuse to count birds
BirdLife Southern Queensland’s Powerful Owl project is proudly sponsored by The Australian Bird Environment Foundation, and was previously supported by Logan City Council and Brisbane City Council.
How many owls have we observed and how many of us are there now?
· 254 Powerful Owl surveys were attended by 379 observers and entered into BirdData with Powerful Owls recorded in over 100 surveys.
· On average 30% of visits, a Powerful Owl was seen or heard.
· 225 people have attended seven workshops on owls
· 147 people are signed up and have been assigned locations
· 78 Powerful Owl locations have been reported 67 this year and 11 others last year
· 83 historic locations have been identified (3 to 10 years old), and more have been sent to me
· Active breeding was confirmed at 7 sites so far this year, with at least nine chicks known to have fledged.
No swooping or aggressive behaviour was reported this year by Queensland Owls, but it seems swooping is more common in NSW
Four adult owls were killed and another two were injured by vehicles this year in southeast Queensland, and one chick died in what looked like a fall
What are we seeing / what to expect?
Chicks will be gaining independence, but many will still be in the territories and could remain in the area until late February. Owls will be moving around more than usual at this time of year, and may show up in new locations. Just last week a Powerful Owl was roosting in a large tree at Brisbane State High School. Owls will start pairing up again and re-establishing territories in early March.
2018 review and 2019 planning meeting – come along
Sunday, 25 November at 3pm at The Bower, 25 Waterview Terrace, Dutton Park. Come a long to hear a wrap up of the results from the Queensland Powerful Owl project in 2018.
The 2018 review will be followed by a 2019 planning meeting. I will send round an agenda before the meeting. I've booked in two hours for this, but it may not take that long.
Please let me know if you would like to make a presentation or have something you want added to the agenda via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Powerful Owl intro workshop for those who do not have permits
Sunday, 25 November at 1pm at The Bower, 25 Waterview Terrace, Dutton Park.
This is just the introductory workshop many of you have already attended, and which is the step people need to take to get a permit to conduct the surveys. Just please forward to any you think might be interested.
Image by Andrew Silcocks.