Sunday, October 8, 2017
Birds & Blooms October/November issue shares owl secrets
Did you know that owls are among the most specialized and highly adapted bird species? Their keen vision and hearing allow them to hunt at night for small prey, such as mice, voles and toads. Fringed feathers ensure silent flight. And sharp beaks and talons are perfect tools for hunting, killing and eating prey.
Owl feathers help camouflage them, so they can be difficult to spot. They're active at night but rest during the day. Grab your binoculars next time you hear the shreiks of crows and jays. They often mod together to run off a resting owl, thereby giving its location away.
A roundup of the most common owl species is included in this month's issue of Birds & Blooms. Go to birdsandblooms.com to order.