Sorry, I should have been clearer. My, admittedly anecdotal, observation
covers several years. It's not something I was keeping active track of, but
an accumulation of a sense over more than the recent few months.

Rich

On Wed, Apr 15, 2020 at 10:40 AM Larry Trachtenberg <trachtenb...@amsllp.com>
wrote:

> Why not just fewer drivers/cars out and about. There sure are a lot less
> cars on the road downstate. Cannot speak for where you are, but if so, the
> odds are fewer owls would be road-killed — so may not portend any decline.
>
> L. Trachtenberg
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> On Apr 15, 2020, at 10:24 AM, Richard Guthrie <richardpguth...@gmail.com>
> wrote:
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> It occurred to me while driving home in upstate, New York - I've been
> seeing fewer road-kill E. Screech Owls lately.
>
> It used to be a fairly regular, albeit unfortunate, occurrence to see a
> dead Screech Owl alongside the road. I would often stop to check the color
> morph and to see if any were banded, or if any were salvageable for
> science/education.
>
> It's a crude census method - the more animals, the more road-kills. You
> see that in the boon years of squirrels, skunks, and other critters. And
> we saw that a few years ago with the winter incursion of Barred Owls - a
> spike in the number of road-kill Barred Owls throughout the northeast USA.
>
> Nowadays, I hardly see any E. Screech Owls alongside the road. I should be
> glad about that. But does it indicate a more ominous note?
>
> Owls are hard enough to census as it is. But could my anecdotal
> observation of fewer road-kills indicate fewer E. Screech Owls out there?
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> Rich Guthrie
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