3 Interesting Facts about Barred Owls • The belly feathers of some Barred Owls are pink. This coloring may be the result of eating a lot of crayfish. • The Barred Owl has brown eyes, not yellow as seen in most other owl species • Its call sounds like, "Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you all?"
Northern Harrier (Circus hudsonius) on a sunset hunt along California's Central Coast. -
P.S. We got some serious threads with your name on them...well they don't only have your name on them ;)
An Evening with the Muppet Bird.
If Jim Henson had ever created a real live bird, and not just a Big Bird, I imagine it would look a lot like the evening grosbeak (Coccothraustes vespertinus), with its huge and expressive yellow eyebrows and absurdly large beak. That beak allows it to crush and devour hard-shelled seeds that other birds cannot. It's something of a seed shark, with smaller finches like pine siskins and redpolls following in its wake to clean up the seedy remains. This year is looking incredible for finches. An irruption year for certain. The kind lady who feeds these finches in her backyard feeders feeds an army. Over 75 of them waited their turns around us, uttering their muppety, churry chirps. "It has always been difficult to get Big Bird to be very pretty" - Jim Henson. Well, you nailed it with the evening grosbeak, Jim. RIP.
As the new Executive Director of the Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch I feel very lucky to now live close to the Straits of Mackinac where I can see so many great birds - and have the chance to meet many warm and giving people. As our paths cross at our research sites, days are brightened and many people open their eyes to new horizons. Every day brings us the potential to learn something new about the birds that use the Straits as their flyway, and with that the potential to learn something about ourselves, the people we share our time with, and about where we as a part of nature, fit into this busy world.
This year roughly 65,000 raptors, 36,000 waterbirds, and 300 owls were counted flying over the Straits. I hope this fills you with the same sense of excitement and gratitude as it does me. So much to see, so much worth preserving, and best of all, so much to look forward to in seeing their return with the coming spring.
As 2018 draws to a close, and as I speak with MSRW’s wonderful Board of Directors, some of whom you know well, I find myself especially grateful to you for the support you have given the Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch over our first five years and the great things your support has made possible. I hope as you think about all the raptors we have seen together over those years, you’ll be inspired to make a generous year-end gift to help MSRW continue and expand its work as we move into our 6th year.
To donate you may click the link in our bio, or visit www.mackinacraptorwatch.org and click support us.