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Which Owl ---Striped Owl?

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This Owl was spotted Yesterday, August 3, on the Caribbean Island of St.Kitts. We do not have any Owls so this would be a vagrant! It may be a Striped owl? What do you think?

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It does appear to be a Striped Owl- that's absolutely insane! It's not only a first for that species in St. Kitts and Nevis, but it appears to be the first ever owl!

As far as reporting, this definitely needs to be submitted as it's an exceptional bird. That said, owls are very sensitive and should not be approached at all, and often suffer badly when birders 'chase'. Not sure how active the birding community is in St Kitts and Nevis, but it may be wise not to release the exact location. Also may be worth getting in contact with a wildlife rescue agency, if there are any, as it seems very likely that the bird will die before finding its way back.

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1 minute ago, Benjamin said:

It does appear to be a Striped Owl- that's absolutely insane! It's not only a first for that species in St. Kitts and Nevis, but it appears to be the first ever owl!

As far as reporting, this definitely needs to be submitted as it's an exceptional bird. That said, owls are very sensitive and should not be approached at all, and often suffer badly when birders 'chase'. Not sure how active the birding community is in St Kitts and Nevis, but it may be wise not to release the exact location. Also may be worth getting in contact with a wildlife rescue agency, if there are any, as it seems very likely that the bird will die before finding its way back.

I was just about to post. I can’t think of anything other than striped owl. It’s an crazy sighting. They’ve never been seen north of Trinidad. If your country has a rare bird committee, send it in to them.  

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Thanks, Benjamin & Conner. There really is only two or three of us who would be considered birders who live on the island! Yes, very rare indeed. Perhaps it was blown in by Storm Isaias which passed us recently. Thanks for your help!

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6 hours ago, Leeward Birder said:

Thanks, Benjamin & Conner. There really is only two or three of us who would be considered birders who live on the island! Yes, very rare indeed. Perhaps it was blown in by Storm Isaias which passed us recently. Thanks for your help!

The people at https://www.birdscaribbean.org might be interested.

You might even want to let the media (whatever you've got) know, keeping @Benjamin's warning in mind.  "Unusual little green bird on St. Kitts" is not news, but "First owl in the history of St. Kitts" is probably a feature story.

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11 minutes ago, Jerry Friedman said:

The people at https://www.birdscaribbean.org might be interested.

You might even want to let the media (whatever you've got) know, keeping @Benjamin's warning in mind.  "Unusual little green bird on St. Kitts" is not news, but "First owl in the history of St. Kitts" is probably a feature story.

I found a real old record of Burrowing Owl online

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Yes, we used to have Burrowing Owls, but were extirpated, I think in the 1920's. It is believed that he Mongoose was introduced into the island around 1900 in order to eradicate snakes, which were dangerous to workers in the cane fields . As a result, we no longer have Snakes or Burrowing Owls, but we have plenty of Mongooses!

There is also historical evidence that there were Barn Owls at one time.

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