Thursday, November 15, 2012

Massachusetts Owl Forecast Part Two-LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!

I'm still goofing off with the data I got from eBird for Massachusetts for the years 2001 to 2011 and wanted to expand a little more on the Massachusetts Owl Forecast I did last week and analyzed it from a location level with the first rollup being the entire state of Massachusetts and the locations with the highest reports of owls overall.  I won't go into too much detail as the data speaks for itself, but once again the months of May and April are the largest months and you will see the detail behind it in some of the tables below.

Now be year which is misleading due to the increase of eBird users every year so obviously the numbers are really low in the beginning of 2001 as no one was using it back then.

Next would be looking at total owls by locality and as you can see Mount Auburn is number one reporting wise, but with most of them being Great Horned Owl reportings followed by Eastern Screech-owl.  Parker River ranks second but has a greater owl diversity as well as Daniel Webster and Cumberland Farms to name a couple others.

Now by average which is average count of numbers per checklist.

And last highest count per checklist with Cumberland Farms ranking number one with those Short-eared Owls.  I can't even imagine being that lucky in one day seriously!

Total by lunar cycle which doesn't tell you much but it's a pretty nifty way to look at it!

And last but by no means the least, time of day with 6-9 AM and 3-6PM yielding the most reports.

Look out for Worcester County location detail next week.  It was pure luck I got the screech this past Monday so will be on the lookout for my Northern Saw-whet that I really want this year.

Take care all.

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