Snowy Owl vs. Peregrine Falcon

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As we have already mentioned here on 10,000 Birds, Snowy Owls are in the middle of a pretty epic irruption , and they are facing all kinds of pressure, from people harassing them to crows and falcons taking exception to their presence. In this video, two Peregrine Falcons take turns dive-bombing the owl, which does not like the experience one bit. Peregrine Falcon in flight by Tom Johnson. Peregrine Falcon dive-bombing a Snowy Owl by Tom Johnson.

Listening to Falcons: The Peregrines of Tom Cade

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That summer of 1938, when he was ten years old, Cade read of two brothers, Frank and John Craighead, who wrote of their experiences with falcons in National Geographic. I knew no falconers. ” Falcons could be taken from the nest just before they were able to fly or caught wild after maturity. Except for the falconer’s jesses and bell, they were to be allowed freedom to pursue life in the wild, life with minimal human contact.

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Wisconsin Falconer Legally Traps Snowy Owl

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” That winter birding lull that plagues listservs and online groups with arguments seems to have reached new levels this winter as people debate not only how close one should get to an owl, but if feeding them ok (cause someone started a website on how to feed snowy owls ) to a direction I didn’t expect when a Wisconsin falconer live trapped a first winter snowy owl last week near Freedom. I haven’t always had such a high opinion of falconers.

Prairie Falcon Attack on a Northern Shoveler

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On 11 November 2012 I was leaving Antelope Island in the Great Salt Lake after a fruitless morning of trying to photograph birds in a snowstorm and poor light when a female Prairie Falcon ambushed this Northern Shoveler on the water not far from the causeway on which I was driving. With the duck dead in the water the falcon would alternate between perching on the causeway while watching the duck and occasionally flying over it for an apparent closer look.

Birds of Prey: Hawks, Eagles, Falcons, and Vultures of North America by Pete Dunne with Kevin T. Karlson

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Dunne has a rich store of anecdotes from his own experience and that of his many, many acquaintances in the birding world, as well as a good sense of when to dip into the literature of our birding forefathers like Bent and Wilson. Birds of Prey: Hawks, Eagles, Falcons, and Vultures of North America by Pete Dunne with Kevin T. For most readers of this blog, Pete Dunne hardly needs an introduction.

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Quinta do Casal Branco: Lobo e Falcão Reserva (2016)

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A falconer and his bird from the Mosaico de Cavaleiro in Mértola, possibly the oldest depiction of falconry in Iberia. Colorful birds adorn many of the pages of the so-called Cervera Bible and several captivating miniatures portray hunting scenes with falcons. In English, the plays of William Shakespeare abound with the language of the falconer. Birding Food Reviews Birds and Booze falconry falcons Portugal

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De arte venandi cum avibus: San Martino Siir (2015) – Aglianico del Vulture DOC

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So, in writing his own falconry treatise, Frederick drew on all sources of knowledge on birds available to him at the time, including the Aristotelian tradition inherited from antiquity, medieval bestiaries imbued with preordained Christian morality and symbolism rather than the careful observation of natural phenomena, as well as translations of later, more enlightened works by Arab falconers and scholars.

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Bitternsweet Moments

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But this experience which I’m about to relate to you was much more significant than chasing a rarity. We observed it as it changed perch and attracted the ire of the resident Tropical Kingbirds , eventually forcing the falcon to depart. Aplomado Falcon.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of January 2020)

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A pair of Peregrine Falcons came in and started strafing the pigeons and It. If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment. Mid-January may not count as midwinter in the Northern Hemisphere, but the Arctic effect has definitely settled in!

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The Gas Station Bird

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Both falconers and wildlife rehabilitators have to study, gain experience, and jump through various hoops in order to get their licenses. Above is a gorgeous photo of a Cooper’s Hawk by Ingrid Taylar. The bird is just chilling out, waiting for the urge to fly.

Best Time to Bird South Florida? Fall Migration

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For me, these birds add a bit of mystique and mystery to the overall experience. The Florida Keys Hawkwatch at Curry Hammock regularly produces spectacular numbers of Peregrine Falcon.

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Grouse in PA, Grouse in Costa Rica

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One such surprising experience happened with grouse. In keeping with gamebird tradition, my first experience with grouse wasn’t one of a bird on a branch or something singing from a tree. Grouse are the chickens we would love to lay eyes on.

Chongming Island in winter

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The many small ponds and waterways attract quite a few ducks, though presumably due to their China experience, they are extremely wary of people. P eregrine Falcon. Chongming Island is part of Shanghai – but it does not look much like the rest of the city.

A World on the Wing: The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds–A Book Review

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The book is organized into ten chapters, framed by a Prologue and Epilogue focused on Weidensaul’s banding experience in Denali National Park. His participant observations connect to his own research experiences, providing history and perspective.

Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of September 2013)

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The only ones that concerned me were Ravens, Falcons, Seahawks, Cardinals, and Eagles. If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment. Were there any birds about this weekend? Welcome back, NFL football! Of course I still kept my eyes out for other types of birds. This time of year is perfect for finding juvenile Eastern Bluebirds , which I was happy to do.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of October 2018)

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My weekend wasn’t very birdy, but for the Peregrine Falcon found munching on some unidentifiable prey in a mall parking lot! If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment. Migratory months are made for Big Days, Big Sits, and generally Big birding hauls. How Big was your weekend? Corey had an amazing day on Saturday at Fort Tilden doing his Big Sit. (He’ll He’ll be posting all about it later today.)

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You Can Go Your Own Way

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Last week I wrote about my first experience with a new site that a friend thought looked promising when he saw it on Google Maps. This experience of finding an entirely new, but very birdy, site is nothing unusual for me.

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Come to India With Babita Wildlife Tours!

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Babita Tours has many years of experience organizing tailor-made wildlife tours for private groups in this wonderful country. We travel from Delhi via Agra to visit the Taj Mahal, a truly magical experience with the added bonus of Black-winged Stilts and River Lapwings on the Yamuna River.

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Falconry – Bloodsport or Alternative Form of Birding?

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During the filming of this production, I got to experience “dirt hawking&#. But after spending time with experienced falconers in the field I have come to respect and admire the responsible practitioners of this, the sport of kings. It is only due to the strong bond (and association with food) between falconer and raptor that the birds return after a hunt. Many falconers use their birds to educate children as to the importance of raptors.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of September 2016)

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Sadly, the award must be posthumous, as birders at the pond later on Saturday watched the one-eyed wonder get killed by an opportunistic Peregrine Falcon. If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment. Another gorgeous weekend is, as they say, in the books. Start your week on the right foot by sharing what made the last two days special for you, at least from a nature-loving perspective.

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The top-5 birds of 2018

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I counted them very roughly, but I do have a lot of experience estimating flocks. Red-footed Falcon by BartBotje/Wikimedia Commons. The next specialty is the Red-footed Falcon in the Deliblato Sands Nature Reserve in the east of Serbia: “Two European Rollers await us on the wires, while one Eurasian Hoopoe flies by. Red-footed Falcon’s breeding range starts less than 50 mi north of here and I hope that some will choose to join a local rookery and stay.”.

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Pat’s 2020 Bird List, Mostly from Costa Rica

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Most of all, the time and effort is worth it when we see new birds, surpass our goals, and when we share those trying, challenging, exuberant and triumphant times with others because the birding party is always better, always stronger, when you you can enjoy the experience with like-minded souls.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of September 2012)

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My Best Bird of the Weekend was a Peregrine Falcon gracing an enjoyable Rochester barbecue; good food, good company, and good birds make a powerful combination. If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment. The first weekend of September is a volatile time. A season of stasis gives way to months of movement and flux. What fun!

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Uganda’s Billion Dollar Bird: The Shoebill

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The Shoebill serves as the symbol of the magnificent wildlife experiences Uganda offers visitors, which may seem a bit odd. Having finally seen this iconic species, I can assure you that the experience wildly exceeds expectations. Not all birds are created equal.

Best Bird of the Weekend (Second Weekend of 2011)

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As promised, I watched Falcons get plucked, pinioned, and debeaked this weekend. Note that I only condone this treatment for the highly localized Atlanta Falcon. If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment. Just two weekends into 2012, I already love this year.

Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of September 2015)

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The early Monday night game will feature a battle between Eagles and Falcons, so be sure to set up your scopes and snack bowls! If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment. L’shanah tovah to everyone celebrating the beginning of a sweet new year. For everyone else, this is as good a time as any to look forward to another twelve months of health and happiness… and birds, obviously.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of 2014)

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I skipped the kingbird and was just happy to spot the Broadway Bridge Peregrine Falcon ! If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment. And that’s a wrap. The calendar year 2014 has just about run its course. It’s all over but the year bird counting, so take stock of any species you’ve added this weekend.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of July 2017)

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As a bonus, I spotted one of our resident city Peregrine Falcons soaring along the Genesee River. If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment. Summer means different things to different communities across the world. The closer to the poles you live, the more likely you lustily embrace this season. Around here, summer features festivals pretty much every single weekend.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of June 2011)

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Our night was filled with both fun and falcons; not only did I spy one of the famous Rochester Peregrine Falcons , but I was also able to point out a bug-hawking American Kestrel to the fans around me. If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment. Ah, what is so rare as a day in June ? One could argue that weekend days in June are even more rare and precious, assuming you spend them wisely. Did you make the most of this one?

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CBC Shenanigans

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The following year, 2014, I elected to join a different group birding the lowland seasonal forest at the opposite end of the CBC radius from where I had that wonderful experience the year before. This hulking Peregrine Falcon was very accommodating to say the least.

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Is falconry a good thing?

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This last week I was out with a falconer that had an absolutely stunning pale form Gyrfalcon ( Falco rusticolus ) and the beauty of this wonderful bird really touched me. about his experiences with Harris’ Hawks ( Parabuteo unicinctus ) as falconry birds in the Sonoran Desert in which he discusses various pros and cons of falconry. With the initial successes of the work with and on the Peregrine Falcon other raptors in need garnered more attention.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of July 2018)

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A trio of Peregrine Falcons playing tag in the updrafts off the cliff edge was a pleasure and any one of the three was Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend. If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment. In a society that values consensus and clarity, speaking out against the conventional wisdom or shared beliefs requires bravery.

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Costa Rica’s Best Birds of Halloween

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This is why the Yellow Warblers and Baltimore Orioles of summer don’t linger to experience October 31st, and even late fall migrants like kinglets and sparrows move to slightly warmer regions. Laughing Falcon. Bat Falcon. Dressed to kill, the deadly Bat Falcon eats more than bats. The final days of October are naturally spooky, at least in the north. It gets darker earlier day by day.

Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of September 2016)

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Go Cardinals, Ravens, Falcons, Eagles, and Seahawks! If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment. Every year around this very weekend, new birds return from a far-too-long hiatus. No matter how many months they’ve been away, their presence triggers tremendous excitement, inspiring rapt attention from coast to coast. That’s right… football season has finally begun.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of September 2012)

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I, of course, was focused mainly on Eagles, Falcons, and Seahawks this weekend. If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment. Anyone attuned to the roving of raptors and peregrinations of passerines is probably sporting a big smile this morning thinking about the weekend’s sightings. I’m looking forward to hearing about some astounding avifauna on the move.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of July 2012)

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We haven’t seen many birds yet, but did enjoy the sight of a juvenile Peregrine Falcon unruffled by a mob of belligerent Blue Jays. If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment. The month of July is drawing to a close, so prepare yourself for the inevitable chorus expressing surprise, chagrin, and dismay at the imminent end of summer. Do folks on the southern side of the globe, I wonder, do the same thing around the end of January?

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How to Bird Murchison Falls

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An expanse of habitat as vast as Murchison Falls NP in Uganda, as excessively generous in beauty and biodiversity, permits endless ways to experience both its birds and animals.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of September 2011)

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The best birds of my weekend were Seahawks, Eagles, Falcons, Cardinals, And Ravens. If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment. How was your weekend? Mine was fun and footballtastic. In fact, a game is on even as I write this, which means I’ve got no time for idle banter. Am I the only one here excited about the return of NFL football? Corey had a hard time choosing his best bird of the weekend.

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Aplomado Twitch in Costa Rica

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The open, dry habitat was perfect for it and the experience was so real, it was almost painful to wake up but alas, no Loggerhead Shrike, just a vivid dream of a migrant bird that could make a mega appearance in Costa Rica. Although the Aplomado Falcon is on the list, it’s not resident and there are few records, most of which seem to pertain to juveniles that wander into the country at this time of year. Happy birders looking at an Aplomado Falcon.

World birding from a Schrödinger’s house

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I was trying to find that answer for a while and it turned into a very annoying experience. What I truly hate about the pandemic is that it mentally puts me back into the 1990s in the Balkans.

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Six Months Birding in Costa Rica, 620 Species of Birds

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Other uncommon birds for our 2019 list have included the likes of Marbled Wood-Quail, Spot-bellied Bobwhite, Barred Forest-Falcon, Lattice-tailed Trogon, White-flanked Antwren, Turquoise and Snowy Cotingas, Bare-crowned Antbird, and the endemic Cabanis’s Ground-Sparrow. One of those occasions was by invitation from the San Vito Birding Club , a memorable experience I will cover in another blog post. Growing up in Niagara Falls, New York, June was a celebration of summer.

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Birding Adventure in Mexico Part II: Durango Highway

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This is where Gila Woodpecker and Yellow-breasted Chat meet Squirrel Cuckoo , Bat Falcon , and Black-throated Magpie-Jay. As the sun began to set, a flock of Mexican Parrotlets alighted in a tree with brilliant red bark, and we all noticed a Bat Falcon watching silently from a high perch above all the action down below.

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Birding from a Hide

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After that experience, I stopped complaining about their hides, realising that they are as good as they ever will be. The hide overlooking the breeding colony of Red-footed Falcons. Not far from here, the last of the photographic hides with non-reflexive glass was erected six metres above the ground on a private farm, overlooking the breeding colony of Red-footed Falcons. What do you think makes for a good bird hide?

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