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 Barn Owl

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Count totals in the NMB Databases for Barn Owl.

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Active Database - Spring 2005
View Barn Owl sightings.
Barn Owl Archives Reports
Fall 2003 0
Spring 2003 0
Winter 02-03 0
Fall 2002 0
Summer 2002 0
Spring 2002 0
Winter 01-02 0
Fall 2001 0
Summer 2001 0
Spring 2001 0
Winter 00-01 0
Fall 2000 0
Summer 2000 0
Spring 2000 0
Winter 00-99 0
Fall 1999 1
Spring/Summer 1999 0

NMB Database
Seasonal Percentage Graph
For: Barn Owl

Whitefish Point Bird Observatory
Active Database - Fall 2003
View Fall 2003 sightings.
Whitefish Point Bird Observatory Official Seasonal Count Summaries for the Barn Owl
Fall 1999-Spring 2002
Barn Owl
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Search "The Birds of Michigan" text.

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Historical Text
The Birds of Michigan - by: Norman A. Wood
Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan, No. 75

Tyto alba pratincola (Bonaparte)
Barn Owl

Known to breed in Washtenaw, Oakland, and Genesee counties. First authoritatively listed for Michigan by Gibbs (1879: 490). It seems likely that this southern species, formerly considered very rare in Michigan (Gibbs, 1893;>; 296; 1898: 7; A. J. Cook, 1893o; 79; and other authors), spread northward here following the clearing of the land, as suggested for Ohio by Trautman (1940: 274). At the time of Barrow's writing (1912: 298-300) there were "between 20 and 30 records" for Michigan; by 1921 there were about 20 records for the Ann Arbor region alone (N. A. Wood, 1921a:591).

Downy young have been found by March 10 (in 1942 at Ann Arbor, by Van Tyne), though usually not until May and June. In Washtenaw County, where 1 or more Barn Owls are observed almost every year, at least 5 nestings have been discovered (1929, 1936, 1937, 1941, and 1942), mostly near Ann Arbor but also southward near Bridgewater (1936). Walter E. Hastings collected a set of eggs (U.M.M.Z.) near South Lyon, Oakland County, on April 8, 1916, apparently the first set to be taken in Michigan (N. A. Wood, 1921: 282). In Genesee County, where a specimen had been collected about 1897 (Barrows, 1912 : 735), Ben East (1930: 4-7; other data) banded 4 nestlings on September 29, 2023 (near Geneseeville). Without evidence of breeding, this owl has been recorded in Michigan in Wayne County (Swales, 1905: 109-10; 1912: 128), westward to Kalamazoo County (Bryens, 1926a; 370; Rapp, 1931: 14) and Berrien County (Raz, 1935:201) , northward to Mason County (Leonard Wing), and in Ingham and Lapeer counties (Barrows, 1912: 299; East, 1930: 4-7).

Mueseum of Zoology, University of Michigan, No. 75
The Birds of Michigan
By: Norman A. Wood
University of Michigan Press
August 28, 2023

Digitized by: Keith F. Saylor
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