Category: Owls

Northern Spotted Owls Bullied

The sight of a monogamous nesting pair of Northern Spotted Owls is a sign of a healthy forest. The highly territorial birds rarely leave the protective cover of dense northwestern forests and their nests in dead standing trees. Today, however, many are vagabonds, soaring aimlessly without nests or homes. Read More…

Tuesday November 1st, 2016 in Alps Owls, Birds, Dr. Hoots, Owls, Research | Comments Off on Northern Spotted Owls Bullied

Which Snowy Owls Thrive in Saskatchewan’s Winters?

Snowy Owls capture the imagination, but ornithologists know surprisingly little about how these birds of the far north fare during the harsh winters they endure. The researchers behind a new study inThe Auk: Ornithological Advances trapped and tracked Snowy Owls wintering in Canada and found that while age and sex affect the birds’ condition, most do […]

Friday September 16th, 2016 in Articles, Birds, Dr. Hoots, News, Owls, Research | Comments Off on Which Snowy Owls Thrive in Saskatchewan’s Winters?

Rare Burrowing Owl Sighting

Earlier this week I made a quick run down to the coast to try to add a bird to my State List. I’ve written about chasing birds before; it’s something some birders do to build up their life, state, or even county lists. This time the destination was the south end of Wrightsville Beach where […]

Friday March 18th, 2016 in Alps Owls, Articles, Birds, Cape Cod Owls, Dr. Hoots, North Carolina, Owls | Comments Off on Rare Burrowing Owl Sighting

Willamette Valley Great Horned Owls

While enjoying hikes in the Willamette Valley, keep your eyes and ears open for the great horned owl. The great horned owl (bobo virginianus) is our most common owl. A nocturnal hunter, they hunt silently, gliding over fields and woodlands in search of mostly small mammals. However, the owls also will prey on other owls, […]

Sunday February 21st, 2016 in Articles, Dr. Hoots, Oregon, Owls | Comments Off on Willamette Valley Great Horned Owls

Why Do Owls “Bob” Their Heads?

Ever wonder why owls bob their heads from side to side so often? Audubon’s recent “BirdNote” podcast addressed this peculiar behavior, explaining that the animals aren’t intentionally trying to weird you out after all. Read More…

Friday February 5th, 2016 in Alps Owls, Articles, Birds, California, California Owls, Cape Cod Owls, Colorado, Dr. Hoots, Iowa, Kansas, Location, Minnesota, Nevada, Owls, Research, Texas, Texas Owls | Comments Off on Why Do Owls “Bob” Their Heads?

Unknowable Magic of Owls

What makes owls so captivating? Read more…  

Tuesday February 2nd, 2016 in Alps, Alps Owls, Articles, Birds, California, California Owls, Cape Cod Owls, Colorado, Dr. Hoots, Europe, Illinois, Indiana, Location, Massachusetts, Owls, Texas, Texas Owls | Comments Off on Unknowable Magic of Owls

Airports Have Wide Latitude to Kill Birds

The operator of New York City’s airports has the legal right to kill migratory birds when necessary to protect planes, a federal appeals court said Tuesday as it rejected a challenge from an animal advocacy group. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey was within […]

Wednesday January 27th, 2016 in Birds, Canada, Captain Eagle, Dr. Hoots, Eagles, Lieutenant Habicht, New York, News, Owls, Red-tail Hawks | Comments Off on Airports Have Wide Latitude to Kill Birds

Protected Birds Illegally Poisoned

A new report has highlighted the number of illegal poisoning and persecution incidents of birds of prey in Northern Ireland. The report, by the Partnership for Action against Wildlife Crime Northern Ireland (PAWNI), found that there were 30 illegal poisoning or persecution incidents, affecting 33 protected birds of prey. The most frequent casualty was the […]

Friday November 20th, 2015 in Admiral Pelicanous, Birds, Captain Eagle, Dr. Hoots, Eagles, Europe, Ireland, Lieutenant Habicht, News, Owls, Red-tail Hawks | Comments Off on Protected Birds Illegally Poisoned