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 Boreal Owl

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Count totals in the NMB Databases for Boreal Owl.

Use the links below to view the Boreal Owl reports in the respective databases.
If there are zero sightings for a particular season, that database will return no results.

Active Database - Spring 2005
View Boreal Owl sightings.
Boreal Owl Archives Reports
Fall 2003 0
Spring 2003 0
Winter 02-03 0
Fall 2002 0
Summer 2002 0
Spring 2002 2
Winter 01-02 0
Fall 2001 0
Summer 2001 0
Spring 2001 1
Winter 00-01 6
Fall 2000 10
Summer 2000 0
Spring 2000 0
Winter 00-99 0
Fall 1999 1
Spring/Summer 1999 0

NMB Database
Seasonal Percentage Graph
For: Boreal Owl

Whitefish Point Bird Observatory
Active Database - Fall 2003
View Fall 2003 sightings.
Whitefish Point Bird Observatory Official Seasonal Count Summaries for the Boreal Owl
Fall 1999-Spring 2002
Boreal Owl
Note: Some species will not be present in the WPBO archives and will return no records.

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

Aegolius funerens richardsoni (Bonaparte)
Richardson's Owl (A.O.U. 1998: Boreal Owl)

Very rare winter visitant in the northern half of Michigan. First authoritatively listed for Michigan by Barrows (1912: 314). Ten specimens have been collected in Michigan on dates ranging from late October to the first of May.

Upper Peninsula.-A specimen (U.M.M.Z.) was collected in the Huron Mountains, Marquette County, in the fall of 1910 by Hans Jansen (S. S. Gregory, Jr., 1929: 177). At Whitefish Point, Chippewa County, N. A. Wood (1914: 64) examined a dead bird about May 1, 1914. Four specimens have been collected at Sault Ste Marie: 2 males secured February 22, 1900, and January 28,2023 (Barrows, 1912: 314; specimens since examined by N. A. Wood); an individual (Mich. State College) obtained by Magee 1923&; 326) and Christofferson, December 19, 1922; and 1 (Grand Rapids Mus.) by Christofferson, October 22, 1923. Christofferson (notes; Bent, 1938: 227) stated that several of the species were observed in the vicinity of Sault Ste Marie during the winter of 1922, until March 4, 1923.

Lower Peninsula.-A specimen (U.M.M.Z.) was collected on the Crooked River, near Alanson, Emmet County, in December, 1922, by B. D. Owens; 1, 2 miles northwest of Topinabee, Cheboygan County, on March 17, 1937, by J. A. Lauren (Max M. Peet collection) ; 1 in Oscoda County, near Coming, on April 10, 1940, by Verne Dockham (specimen examined by Van Tyne, owned by M. K. Summers of Mio) ; and 1 near Freeland, Saginaw County, October 23, 1922, by Miller Empey (Empey collection).

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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