Phoenix, ferruginous hawk

  Phoenix is a magnificent example of a somewhat uncommon North American hawk. Ferruginous means “relating to iron” and the feather colors of a ferruginous hawk are truly rusty. These birds are prairie dwellers. They are quite fierce in personality, as they...

Little Red, Eastern screech owl

The feathers on the face of an owl serve many purposes. In addition to providing insulation and waterproofing, the face is framed by what biologists call the “facial disk”. These feathers are aligned to direct light in to the eyes, and sound in to the ears. The ears...

Elise’s 25th Bird-day Party April 26th!

My imagination can picture a pair of red-tailed hawks circling, sky dancing and talon grappling 25 years ago over Arizona.  This pair was preparing to mate, and their nest would hold three eggs. All three hatched. One nestling, a fairly large female, would be...

How does lead affect raptors?

This is from our friend Dr. Helene Van Donnick in Nova Scotia. She is devoting a great deal of time to educating hunters and anglers about the impact of lead on birds, particularly raptors.