The Collared Forest-Falcon is one of those birds of prey that you rarely see. Their songs echoes through the forest morning, but you rarely get to see this large falcon at all, as they remain inside the forest. They are extremelly fierce and effective predators specialized in large birds. They may kill birds as large as guans and macaws!
We saw and photographed this guy at the extension forest tour, right where hundreds of macaws nest and roost… I wonder why.
Still going strong, the falcon takes a respectable finish. A classic redemption narrative, the peregrine falcon’s recovery is known by most. Research by Rachel Carson led to the restriction of DDT, which was thinning the shells of falcon eggs by reducing the amount of calcium. After remarkably successful recovery efforts worldwide, the falcon was removed from the endangered species list in 1999.
Ospreys, Pandion haliaetus (Pandionidae), have vision that is well adapted to detecting underwater objects from the air. Prey is first sighted when the Osprey is 10–40 m (33–131 ft) above the water, after which the bird hovers momentarily then plunges feet first into the water [source].
Groups Oppose First-ever Plan to Allow Killing of Eagles at Wind Facility
Mega Wind Facility in Wyoming Projected to Kill about 55 Golden Eagles Annually
ABC media release
Two leading conservation groups, American Bird Conservancy (ABC) and Biodiversity Conservation Alliance (BCA), have voiced opposition to a federal plan that would allow a proposed mega wind facility in Wyoming to kill from 46 to 64 Golden Eagles annually.
The two groups have submitted a 15-page letter in response to a request from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for comment on the eagle-killing proposal, called an “eagle take permit.” The proposed wind project is Power Company of Wyoming LLC’s Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project (CCSMP) that may include up to 1,000 large wind turbines and would be located south of Sinclair and Rawlins in Carbon County, Wyo. The project received initial federal approval on October 9, 2012…
A recent major winter storm in the Willamette Valley of Oregon had dire consequences for the Chintimini Wildlife Center. The storm dropped over a foot of snow on our wildlife rehabilitation flight cages. Two of these essential cages collapsed under the weight of the snow. One is (was) 30 feet long, the other 60 feet. These cages are invaluable to our rehabilitation efforts, and absolutely have to be replaced if we are going to be able to continue our work.
Last year was a record setting year with 1,311 animals admitted (3/4 of them birds), and we expect this year to be even busier, so we need to get these cages replaced or repaired by spring at the latest. We are reaching out to the community to ask for contributions to a fund to help us get these structures back in working order so that we can continue to provide care for Oregon’s injured and orphaned wildlife.
If you can’t donate (and even if you can), signal boosts are greatly appreciated!
33 round tailed horned lizard skulls found while cleaning out an America Kestrel nest box.
“My wife and I have a place in the Chiricahua Mtns of SE Arizona. I have a Kestrel nest box there. This spring the Kestrel pair raised 5 young in the box and after they were through nesting I cleaned out the box to get it ready for next year. The only bones in the box were 33 Round-tailed Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma modestum) skulls, which I placed in my palm and photographed.”