There are many surprises in the natural world. Some are due to our own false interpretations and conclusions, others are due to misinformation we have been given, as well as information that at one time was considered true but has been disproven.
How Northern Harriers are Similar to Owls A Northern Harrier flies low over the grasslands with a flock of Red-winged Blackbirds following it. Commonly mobbed by blackbirds, sparrows, starlings, swallows, kestrels, Short-eared Owls, Sharp-shinned Hawks, and other birds, the raptor decides the annoying harassers are too swift and maneuverable to put out the effort of […]
For many people, owls are a favorite bird. One of the most common owls in the United States is the small Screech-owl. There are currently three species of Screech-owl found in the United States – Eastern, Western, and Whiskered. At one time the Western and Eastern Screech-owls were considered the same species as they are […]
Screech-owls are small, common owls found throughout the United States. Although two different species, the Eastern and Western Screech-owls are so similar that the best way to identify them is often by their distinct calls. Easterns have a call that descends in pitch, while Westerns have a steady call that increases in tempo similar to […]
When I was younger, if you had asked me what you called a group of birds, I would have promptly responded, “A flock.” The answer, however, is much more fun and interesting than that. There are many nonscientific names for groups of birds. Sometimes they are poetic, sometimes whimsical and some group names are more […]
Hello again, and thanks for continuing to read the blog posts! This last owl-focused post is about a couple of amazing abilities that contribute to the awesome stealth of owls. Let’s get started! Owls are well known for that spooky ability to turn their heads “all the way around.” If you think about it though, […]