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 Barred Owl

Status in Michigan
Fairly Common

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Count totals in the NMB Databases for Barred Owl.

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Active Database - Spring 2005
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Barred Owl Archives Reports
Fall 2003 21
Spring 2003 19
Winter 02-03 4
Fall 2002 16
Summer 2002 5
Spring 2002 44
Winter 01-02 10
Fall 2001 22
Summer 2001 7
Spring 2001 43
Winter 00-01 12
Fall 2000 11
Summer 2000 5
Spring 2000 24
Winter 00-99 10
Fall 1999 15
Spring/Summer 1999 8

NMB Database
Seasonal Percentage Graph
For: Barred Owl

Whitefish Point Bird Observatory
Active Database - Fall 2003
View Fall 2003 sightings.
Whitefish Point Bird Observatory Official Seasonal Count Summaries for the Barred Owl
Fall 1999-Spring 2002
Barred 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

Strix varia varia Barton
Northern Barred Owl (A.O.U. 1998: Barred Owl)

Resident, formerly common, especially in southern counties, but now much reduced in numbers.

First listed for Michigan by Sager (1839: 413) : "Vlula nebulosa." The Northern Barred Owl is apparently a permanent resident wherever found in Michigan. Eggs are reported from mid-March to early May, and young by mid-April.

Lower Peninsula.-In the Detroit area J. Claire "Wood collected a day- old bird (U.M.M.Z.) on April 16, 1906, and 2 nests, each with 2 eggs, 1 on May 5, 1908, 1 on March 31, 1907. Near Plymouth, Wayne County, J. B. Purdy (1889o: 54) took a set of 3 eggs on March 24, 1888, and E. Durfee a set of 4 eggs on March 14, 1888. The species has been observed rather regularly in the Ann Arbor area during the summer, and a nest with 3 young was found there by John L. George on May 1, 1939. F. W. Rapp (1931: 14) listed this owl as a common permanent resident in Kalamazoo County and recorded a nest with 3 eggs on March 30, 1896. There are apparently no nest records for Jackson County, but Fargo has recorded 1 or 2 Barred Owls there almost yearly on his Christmas census counts (1926 to 1933). H. D. Ruhl (1926: 175) banded 3 large young in a nest near East Lansing, Ingham County, on May 9, 1925. There are fewer records for the northern part of the peninsula. F. R. Martin found a nest with 2 eggs on the Prairie Farm, Alicia, Saginaw County, on April 4, 1941; F. M. Baumgartner noted a nest with 4 young in the Pigeon River State Forest, southeastern Cheboygan County, in June, 1936. In eastern Charlevoix County, A. S. Warthin, Jr., saw an individual on June 23, 1923, and L. R. Dice collected a fledgling (U.M.M.Z.) on July 30, 2023 (Van Tyne, 1925:617-18).

Upper Peninsula.-At McMillan, Luce County, Bryens has recorded 1 or 2 Barred Owls regularly during the spring and early summer, and at Blaney, Schoolcraft County, Christofferson collected a specimen (U.M.M.Z.) on March 18, 1943. N. A. Wood (1918: 7) saw 1 in Alger County at Whitefish Lake, on July 17, 1916; in the Huron Mountains, Marquette County, S. S. Gregory, Jr., collected a specimen on May 22, 1921, and 1 on July 29, 1922. Fall and winter specimens (U.M.M.Z.) were collected at Ironwood, Gogebic County, by L. C. Anderson on October 23, 1932, and January 4, 1933.

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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