Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Raptors Rawk!

Mona and her crew from "Back to the Wild," wildlife rehabilitators of the first order, brought a number of birds and other critters to the visitor center at Magee Marsh on Saturday. The raptors were a big hit with everybody.

Bald Eagle

This bird is blind, from West Nile Virus, I think.

Golden Eagle

Golden Eagles can be seen migrating through Ohio, but they don't breed here. This bird was injured in California. The local rehab group already had an education Golden Eagle, so it was shipped to Ohio since Mona had the proper housing and the expertise to handle it.

Compare the Golden Eagle to the Red-tailed Hawk behind it.
Part of the size difference is in the perspective but you've got to admit, that's a BIG bird!

Red-shouldered Hawk

American Kestrel
A male, as noted by its slate blue wings. Females have reddish wings. Kestrels are the only sexually dimorphic raptors.

Peregrine Falcon
for Susan

Barn Owl

Another Barn Owl, just because I love their monkey faces.

(The owl has a monkey face, not the lady behind it!)

Great Horned Owl
Long-eared Owl, left profile
And right profile. Note the long ear tufts.

Short-eared Owl
Its ear tufts are, well, short.

Northern Saw-whet Owl
Our tiniest owl. Ain't it cute?

Hey, I just realized - no Accipters. Why no Coops or Sharpies?

(Did I do good, Susan?)


NCmountainwoman said...

Great shots of these marvelous birds. Almost like being there. Thanks.

Susan Gets Native said...

Good job, girlfriend!
Thanks for the PF photo.
To answer your question about no accipiters:
Coops and Sharpies are unbelievably high-string species and they are usually used for display only (like on view inside a mew, instead of out with the public).
That PF Mona has was "new" last year, and she had a heck of a time with him. The bald eagle is "Baby", hit by a train.