The Falcon Thief: A Book Review

10,000 Birds

Local farmers view it as a threat to domesticated wildlife. The slightly more complex answer put forth in The Falcon Thief is that there are master thieves out there–well, one–who engage in these thefts for the adventure, the thrill, and a bit of the money on the side.

Peregrine Falcons at the National Wildlife Refuges

10,000 Birds

Peregrine Falcon ( Falco peregrinus ) at Delevan NWR (click on photos for full sized images). I’m sure most of you know that the Peregrine Falcon became an endangered species because of the use of organochlorine pesticides, especially DDT, during the 1950′s, 60′s, and 70′s. Peregrine Falcon at Delevan National Wildlife Refuge. Flying in excess of 200 mph in a stoop, the Peregrine Falcon is considered to be the world’s fastest animal.

Listening to Falcons: The Peregrines of Tom Cade

10,000 Birds

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.

2019 52

T.H. White: When Writers Become Bad Falconers

10,000 Birds

Macdonald is, among her many accomplishments, a falconer. White, who wrote The Once and Future King and The Sword and the Stone , and who was also a falconer – but a very, very bad one. Do I have sympathy for haunted people who subject animals – be they captive wildlife or household pets – to all kinds of atrocities, then are held up as tragic examples of struggling humanity? This will probably be the only bad review you’ll ever read of H is for Hawk.

Wildlife Rehabber Misidentification

10,000 Birds

“Here’s an idea for a blog,” wrote Donna Osburn, a wildlife rehabilitator from Kentucky. I have received so many calls to come rescue a baby hawk or falcon or some kind of raptor,” wrote Jennifer Dudley, and attached this photo. Someone brought me a Cliff Swallow he swore was a falcon,” wrote Louise Shimmel. Here’s the ‘ Peregrine Falcon ’ a lady found injured and on the ground of a department store parking lot,” sent Maureen Eiger.

2014 70

Come to India With Babita Wildlife Tours!

10,000 Birds

Babita Tours has many years of experience organizing tailor-made wildlife tours for private groups in this wonderful country. Here we look for sandgrouse, bush-quails, francolins, wheatears, shrikes, Laggar Falcons , eagles, buzzards, and the endangered Stolikza’s Bush Chat.

India 57

Wildlife Rehabilitator Slang

10,000 Birds

To civilians who may have been puzzled by the wildlife crowd’s tossed-off references to peefas, modos or mice cubes, here is a beginner’s guide to Rehabberspeak. Just when wildlife rehabilitators have made it through the summer, dealt with fall migration, repaired whatever’s been broken during the chaos, and are just about to try to relax … noooooo. Birds abbreviations slang wildlife rehabilitators

Some of My Favorite National Wildlife Refuge Photos

10,000 Birds

I think most of you know how important our National Wildlife Refuge system is to me. After all, I have written several posts on wildlife conservation and the Wildlife Conservation Pass that my co-founder Ingrid Taylar and I have been encouraging for years. This week I have simply put together a post featuring several of my favorite photos, all taken on our National Wildlife Refuges. I will close with a video from Colusa National Wildlife Refuge.

2018 40

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

10,000 Birds

Birds of Prey: Hawks, Eagles, Falcons, and Vultures of North America by Pete Dunne with Kevin T. Fish and Wildlife Service. For most readers of this blog, Pete Dunne hardly needs an introduction. As far back as the late ’70s he’s been entertaining and enlightening birders with his essays and books on the hows and why of birding.

2017 40

The Gas Station Bird

10,000 Birds

When the photo was posted on social media, people immediately began making calls – to the local wildlife rehabilitation center, the state falconry club, and the wildlife division of the state wildlife agency. Above is a gorgeous photo of a Cooper’s Hawk by Ingrid Taylar.

Welcome Back Waterfowl at Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge

10,000 Birds

Around thirty miles from Missoula in the Bitterroot Valley lies the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge. Beyond the Red-tails, we spotted late Rough-legged Hawks , Turkey Vultures , an American Kestrel and a couple of other falcons too high to id properly (both Peregrine and Prairie are possible here), and, confirming that once you see a nemesis you see it everywhere, two Golden Eagles. Fish and Wildlife Service a. Birding national wildlife refuge waterfowl

2012 56

Shorebirds on the East Pond of Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

10,000 Birds

If I had my druthers I would be birding the East Pond of Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge pretty much every day from July until September. Shorebirds are shorebirds and even when a jaw-dropping rarity does not appear it is still nice to see flocks of peeps evading a Merlin or a Peregrine Falcon , the feeding strategies of different species, and the gorgeous plumage of the juveniles. Isn’t Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge a great place to see them?

Another Bird of Prey Killed in the UK

Critter News

This time it was a young female peregrine falcon. Tags: wildlife crime UK

2009 100

Searching for Shorebirds on the East Pond of Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

10,000 Birds

That place is the fabled home of shorebirds, both common and rare, the East Pond of Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. American Avocet on Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge’s East Pond. Of course, no visit to the East Pond would be complete without at least one attack by a Peregrine Falcon , just to make everything flush and force you to start scanning over again. It being mid-August in New York City there is one place where I have to be as often as I can.

2015 56

East Pond Shorebirds at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

10,000 Birds

When you live in Queens and you only have one morning of an August weekend to go birding there is only one place to go – the East Pond of Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus Semipalmated Sandpiper Calidris pusilla What was really cool to see, but a but frustrating when we had spent ages picking through flocks of shorebirds, was the couple of times a Peregrine Falcon strafed the shorebirds, putting them all to flight.

Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge, Honduras, Part 1

10,000 Birds

Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge, Honduras, March 2009 After our trip to the Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge was rained out on our first morning at The Lodge at Pico Bonito we rescheduled our visit for our second and last morning at the lodge. We didn’t know what to expect from the train that had at one time been used to transport bananas to the coast and is now used to transport ecotourists to the wildlife refuge.

Kamikaze Pigeons and a War to Extinction

10,000 Birds

I am inside the city of Belgrade, checking the theoretically possible Peregrine Falcon site. Yet, not a trace of a falcon. Serbia has a large number of pigeon fanciers and a long history of lack of law enforcement in the field of wildlife crime ( Newsweek on poaching in the Balkans ). ” Falcons do hunt pigeons, we all know that, but what is a Kamikaze pigeon? That is why Belgrade is not proud of its falcons and why I am not telling you more about them.

2015 60

California Peregrines Victims of Their Own Success?

10,000 Birds

In a move that’s sure to stir controversy far beyond the borders of California, federal officials have announced that h enceforth, fledgling Peregrine Falcons won’t be relocated from nests built on bridges in the state. But it also means that some baby falcons are likely to plunge into a watery grave. Officials explain that the falcons sometimes prey on California Least Terns and Western Snowy Plovers , birds with dwindling numbers.

Evil Twin Brewing Falco India Pale Ale

10,000 Birds

While I know falcons mostly as grim reapers of pigeons, as a beer drinker, I also happily endorse any agricultural implement inspired by the raptor’s most fearsome anatomical feature, particularly when it’s put to good use in the barley mow. The blend itself has nothing to do with falcons, but was named in memory of Oregon brewer Glen Hay Falconer, who met an untimely death in 2002. A Peregrine Falcon resting on its sickle-like talons, about to put the hammer down.

2017 41

Lots of Birds Being Killed in Ireland and the UK

Critter News

A horrific total of 6 eagles, 10 buzzards, 3 red kites, a Peregrine falcon and a sparrowhawk have all been poisoned in recent weeks across Ireland, England and Scotland. Tags: wildlife crime UK Ireland It's just weird how many birds are being killed in England, Scotland and Ireland. May 2010. And these are just the ones that we know about and have been discovered.

Winter Mission

10,000 Birds

And not far from that scene was my personal highlight of the day, when my life Prairie Falcon swooped across the road, circled back, and came over the car only a few feet above my head, then perched with prey and let us all observe her clearly for several minutes. A second Prairie Falcon just up the road – this one a young male – gave even better, closer looks. Images courtesy of the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Birding Mission valley Prairie falcon raptors

2014 56

Striding Snake-killers

10,000 Birds

As do a diverse suite of other wildlife from lions and zebras to ground squirrels and meerkats. Birding Botswana eagles falcons raptors secretarybird Worldwide Birding AdventuresThere is no raptor quite so removed from the typical confines of what a bird of prey should look and behave like.

2012 63

Nature is Tough

10,000 Birds

Several hours after we saw it and reported it to the listserv other birders saw the bird attacked by not one but two Peregrine Falcons. One strafed it and caused it to flush and the second grabbed it in the air and then dropped the now dead Baird’s Sandpiper which the first falcon swooped back for and grabbed just before it hit the ground. From a symbol (to me) of resilience to a falcon’s plaything in a few hours. Birds Baird's Sandpiper injured wildlife

2016 55

Mikal Deese: Dead Bird Flies Again For Love

10,000 Birds

This guest blog was written by Mikal Deese, Wildlife Educator, Rehabilitator, and founder of On A Wing And A Prayer in Corrales, New Mexico. It was time to try an old falconer’s trick called imping. Since I didn’t have an old falconer on hand, I watched some YouTube videos. Birds Great Horned Owl Mikal Deese New Mexico wildlife On A Wing and a Prayer wildlife rehabilitator

2016 43

Bird vs. Reptile in Key West

10,000 Birds

We had a call one morning about a snake and a hawk,” says Tom Sweets, the executive director and chief rescuer of the Key West Wildlife Center , located at the very tip of Florida. Along with animal care director Peggy Coontz, Tom and a number of volunteers rescue and care for injured and orphaned wildlife within 15 miles of the Center, as well as those spotted on small islands around Key West. Last year, 4,000 young Peregrine Falcons swept through the Keys on their way north.

Do Not Feed Baby Birds Ham

10,000 Birds

Wildlife rehabilitators are a multi-tasking lot. I had a finder bring me a bird he’d correctly ID’d as a merlin – a not-too-common falcon – but when he brought him in, I could see he’d been trying to feed it BIRD SEED!” People walk in and hand you a box, which you know will contain the wildlife and some bizarre food item. Baby birds/wildlife and milk is another entire blog, there are so many. (“It’s

2015 80

A Field Guide to the Birds of Mongolia

10,000 Birds

After earning his Masters in wildlife conservation from Humboldt State University, Chris Smith spent four years travelling the globe doing bird field work on five continents. Chris has spent several years conducting bird research in Mongolia, including with the Saker Falcon project.

What’s in a Name: Northern Goshawk

10,000 Birds

Some people do think the Northern Goshawk is undignified, at least compared to the falcons, as I learned while reading the excellent memoir H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald. In this memoir, Macdonald, a falconer, writes of her relationship with a Northern Goshawk in the aftermath of her father’s sudden death, and in so doing recounts much history and lore related to flying Goshawks in Britain. Images courtesy of the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

2015 77

Peregrine Paradise

10,000 Birds

Atlantic City is now known for Peregrine Falcons. But what it even better – for me, at least – was the Peregrine Falcons. You see, on my ride down from New York on Wednesday I gave myself enough time to do a quick loop of Brigantine, the rightfully famous National Wildlife Refuge that sits just north and west of Atlantic City. A coworker met up with me and we will killing time before the first event we had to be at when he said, “Hey, is that a falcon?”

2012 56

The Queen

10,000 Birds

The maintenance man declared that his father was a falconer, and that he would take her home so he could care for her. Birds bird banding Red-tailed Hawk wildlife rehabilitatorI’m not a big fan of bird banding. When I see a band I imagine something slipping beneath it and trapping the bird, I’ve seen photos of birds with so many bands it looks like they’re wearing stockings, and then there’s the awful story of Violet , whose band eventually killed her.

2012 67

More Habitat for Snowy Plover?

10,000 Birds

Fish & Wildlife Service expects sea levels to rise due to global warming, swamping beaches on which Snowy Plovers currently nest, it is good news that the number of beaches proposed for protection as Snowy Plover nesting habitat has doubled. Fish & Wildlife comes in response to a lawsuit brought by the Center for Biological Diversity. These Blasts From The Past Cool Green Heron Man Saves Falcon from Pigeons?!?

2011 52

Birdwatching the Okavango Delta

10,000 Birds

I am a wildlife artist based in the UK, I have never had a real job! Other than paint, the only other thing I do is organize and joint-lead wildlife tours, mostly in Africa and India. It teems with wildlife of every kind and is justifiably known as “The Jewel of the Kalahari”.

Gray Hawk from the House

10,000 Birds

These are the neighborhood raptors that make do, even thrive, by preying on the wildlife of an urban landscape. Every place has its hawk. At least it seems that way. A generalist raptor that can keep on living in a human dominated landscape.

2020 85

Visit the Macaw Lodge in Costa Rica

10,000 Birds

10,000 Birds is running a series of articles by and about tour guides, tour companies, eco-lodges, and other birding travel organizations. We want to help the birding tourism industry come back strong from the COVID pandemic.

Starting the Year in Birding at Raptor Ridge, Costa Rica

10,000 Birds

No strangers to wildlife observation and birding, this American/Tica couple have been publishing handy pocket field guides for Costa Rica and other places since the 1990s. No matter where you happen to be, you can’t really go wrong when beginning a new year of birding.

Uganda’s Billion Dollar Bird: The Shoebill

10,000 Birds

The Shoebill serves as the symbol of the magnificent wildlife experiences Uganda offers visitors, which may seem a bit odd. This deeply weird bird represents the very tip of the spear of Uganda’s wildlife tourism sector, currently considered the country’s largest and most significant export.

JFK Airport Looks for Hired Guns

10,000 Birds

JFK Airport has announced that it will not continue its contract with Falcon Environmental Services Inc. This announcement follows on the heels of the announcement a couple of weeks ago that the New York City Department of Sanitation is going to spend $175,000 a year to hire a biologist to track “wildlife hazards.&# It might not be a good time to be a bird near one of New York City’s two busy airports.

Grouse in PA, Grouse in Costa Rica

10,000 Birds

Even so, he still knew many species and always yearned to learn about the wildlife he encountered. Grouse are the chickens we would love to lay eyes on.

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

10,000 Birds

This includes, to my delight, a brief account of Project SNOWstorm , a collaboration of volunteer “researchers, banders, wildlife veterinarians, and pathologists” (p. Ask any birder–migration is joy.

So Long To All That

10,000 Birds

The house , along with being my home for all that time, was as fine a place to enjoy urban wildlife as any I have ever seen. I had the pleasure of having four yard birds that are globally threatened or near-threatened; the Kaka , Stitchbird , Saddlback and New Zealand Falcon. There are still falcons and Kaka to be seen, and I’ve already started hearing Morepork (our owl), a bird that isn’t rare but for some reason I rarely heard in Highbury.

2015 55

Restore the West Pond!

10,000 Birds

You are also probably aware that Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, one of the best urban birding sites in the world, is on my regular list of spots that I like to stop by and visit. I have seen some absolutely amazing birds at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Heck, even non-birders can be impressed by a flock of shorebirds evading a Peregrine Falcon , an Osprey returning to its nest with a fish, an American Oystercatcher showing off its impressive carrot-like bill.

2014 56

Post Apocalyptic Steampunk Birding

10,000 Birds

Set in an abandoned oil refinery where wildlife is slowly regaining control save for the desperate attempts of golfers to retain all eighteen holes, industrial ghosts loom over rolling freshwater lakes bordered by fifty foot tall trees. Peregrine Falcon.

2020 62

World birding from a Schrödinger’s house

10,000 Birds

The most bird-rich northeast of India includes e.g. the Kaziranga NP and the Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, respectively, together with the world’s largest Amur Falcon roost in Nagaland.

2020 71