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Friday Feathered Fact (26 June 2015)

Friday Feathered Fact
The Short-eared Owl, as its name suggests, has only the tiniest hint of little tufts on the top of its head – quite dissimilar from its nearest cousin, the Long-eared Owl.  Short-eared Owls are crepuscular, meaning they hunt primarily during sunrise and sunset.  However, they can still often be seen hunting in the […]

By |2016-11-25T10:03:12+00:00June 26th, 2015|Events, Friday Feathered Fact|0 Comments

Friday Feathered Fact (19 June 2015)

Friday Feathered Fact
The most variable (and common) of the raptors in the US is the Red-tailed Hawk. Identifying this bird is even more complex when you realize each subspecies can have a dark, medium, and light “phase” or “morph” – sometimes within the same nest of young. Additionally, a young hawk can look different from […]

By |2016-11-25T10:03:12+00:00June 23rd, 2015|Friday Feathered Fact, News|0 Comments

Friday Feathered Fact (12 June 2015)

Friday Feathered Facts

A frequent question asked about our raptors is “How long do they live?”  As a general rule in all animal life, the larger the species, the longer their life span.  Tiny Elf Owls will live 5-8 years in the wild and the small screech-owl will live to be about 10.  The larger Barn […]

By |2016-11-25T10:03:12+00:00June 12th, 2015|Friday Feathered Fact, News|0 Comments

Friday Feathered Fact (29 May 2015)

Friday Feathered Fact
Spring migration has nearly finished which includes not only the familiar song birds but, many of our raptors. Some, such as the Swainson’s Hawk, travel a one-way journey of 6,000 miles between wintering in Argentina and nesting in Canada. Another long distant migrant, the Peregrine Falcon, has the greatest migration of any raptor, […]

By |2016-11-25T10:03:12+00:00May 29th, 2015|Friday Feathered Fact, News|0 Comments

Friday Feathered Fact (01 May 2015)

Friday Feathered Fact
A Barn Owl family is somewhat unique by having many (up to a dozen) nestlings that range dramatically in size from a 2-inch new-hatch to a sibling 10 inches tall. This occurs because the Barn Owl immediately sits on the first egg while adding a new egg each day. A two-week size difference […]

By |2015-05-01T10:54:58+00:00May 1st, 2015|Friday Feathered Fact, News|0 Comments

Friday Feathered Fact (17 April 2015)

Friday Feathered Fact
As rare as hen’s teeth. This idiom refers to the fact that no birds have teeth. However, all baby birds (except the kiwis of New Zealand) have a handy “egg tooth”. This temporary deposit of calcium carbonate on the tip of the bird’s beak has a dual purpose. First, the chick punctures through […]

By |2016-11-25T10:03:12+00:00May 1st, 2015|Friday Feathered Fact|0 Comments

Friday Feathered Fact (10 April 2015)

Friday Feathered Fact

Since it is the height of baby season, we will look at these youngsters. While most hawks and owls take 28-37 days for the eggs to incubate, the time to reach independence varies greatly. The tiny Elf Owl can be out hunting on its own within 5-6 weeks of hatching and the Barn […]

By |2016-11-25T10:03:12+00:00May 1st, 2015|Friday Feathered Fact|0 Comments