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A Special Visitor
  • It does sound like some kind of old analog phone sound!

  • A Special Visitor
  • Video of the call

    That's a really cool call actually!

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  • Ebird:

    Call is a quick series of “hu” notes followed by a longer “hwooow.” Separated from the very similar Northern White-faced Owl by voice and range.

  • A Special Visitor

    White Faced Scops stops in to visit The resident at the Owl Rescue Centre

    >Found this little fella perched on a shelf in our clinic this morning. He isn't a patient, just a visitor checking in on a family member. > >Our windows are made of shadenet with roll down canvas blinds and the one has an opening in where he flew in. > >It happens almost weekly with all our different species.

    White Faced Scops was winner of the first Owl of the Year, but will it be able to hold onto the crown again this year?

    Off to the Beach!
  • Pfft you have no idea!

    We were supposed to just stop by the jewelry store on the way, but we met the owner and really hit it off, so I ended up leaving with a much lighter wallet! She's been on me since graduation about engagements and what not, so it seems that's happening in the near future.

    While we were waiting though, I did see this little guy in the case and said to myself if it was under $100 I'd get it, and I ended up getting it half off after concluding our negotiations on the other high ticket items, so he's currently headed to the beach with us.

  • Off to the Beach!
  • Are we taking the pic on "3" or in "go?". No I didn't mean to, I just was saying "go!"

    Forget it, just use the pic as it is! 😤

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  • Now I want an owl version of Flight Simulator!

  • "Plus-Sized Elf" Character Elfuda Named Ambassador for the Japan French Fries Association - Collaboration Visual
  • When you see a warning, that means someone has to have done it...

  • Off to the Beach!

    Here's a cool pic of a Snowy cruising along the shoreline.

    I'm headed off to the beach myself for the rest of the month, so I didn't know what time posts will be going up, but I've got a bunch stockpiled already and I'll surely keep finding new stuff every day.

    I don't like the hot so much, so I'll be making plenty of time to sit indoors and scroll for owls and respond to your questions and comments.

    Wouldn't it be funny if there ended up being a plastic-based life form and they wondered how they came to be...
  • You are truly a person with great taste! 😁

    I'll have to check out Even More News.

  • what's your favorite hydration drink? bonus points if it's a drink mix
  • Lemon does sound like it'd be a lot of sour in addition to the vinegar itself.

    I used powdered ginger and thought fresh grated would be the way to go. I also feel it'd be easier to strain it if the final drink.

    Overall I thought it was good though. I gave some to my girlfriend not telling her what it was and she thought it was some vile beer type thing that went bad. 😆

    I'd absolutely drink it again though. With some tweaks it'd be really good. I am solidly pro switchel.

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  • In this recent post I covered a story about how climate change is actually doing just that! Individuals and groups have been constructing properly designed owl houses for years now to help them. What some were finding though is that these time tested designs are now killing owls in some places due to changing climates. They are now testing new designs and materials to deal with a changing world.

    I also have this comment where I discuss "gular fluttering," which is the bird version of panting. The gular is full of blood vessels, so by rapidly pushing air over it, it functions as a heat exchanger. On my trip to the raptor rehab this week, almost all of them were doing just that.

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    Photos by Scott Winkler

    >I have been hearing a Great Horned Owl hooting since winter. A couple of evenings ago I saw him sunning himself in our backyard and then he flew to a branch along the woods. I took all 200 pics of him from our deck!! He was very photogenic giving me many profiles!

    Wouldn't it be funny if there ended up being a plastic-based life form and they wondered how they came to be...
  • I checked out BtB due to constant weird if mouth on Reddit and immediately enjoyed Robert's personality. There were also a lot of Cody and Paul F. Tompkins episodes at the time, and I was also already a fan of them, so that helped as well.

    I so want to like Some More News, but it feels to doomy to me and Cody's stage persona is a bit much for me, so I enjoy him better as regular Cody on BtB more.

    I also feel the more before I was born stuff that BtB usually focuses on us easier for me to deal with as most of the people are long dead and gone, so it feels more like entertainment. For more current things, I try to stick to "legitimate news" instead of things designed more for entertainment. ICHH is an exception because it covers a lot mainstream news wouldn't touch, and it does it pretty calmly and treats it with seriousness moreso than trying to make it into some kind of bit. Plus they often mention ways to participate or to at least try and help with some of the things. I feel the topics are things important to know, and aren't just things that make me depressed about the whole world.

    Hood Politics with Prop is probably the next one I may allow myself to get into.

  • Wouldn't it be funny if there ended up being a plastic-based life form and they wondered how they came to be...
  • Same! I originally just tried to limit myself to BtB, but then I listened to ICHH to learn about the Unicorn Ranch, and I ended up learning about so many other topics. Then I kept seeing interesting CPWDCS, so now I listen to some of those.

    They turn out so much great content every week, and ICHH has really helped me to better understand more people and issues than I ever would have been able to on my own.

  • Millennial dads spend 3 times as much time with their kids than previous generations -
  • Yeah, it just took a lot longer to figure it out on my own, but I got there! 😅

  • Wouldn't it be funny if there ended up being a plastic-based life form and they wondered how they came to be...
  • Reminds me of this short sci fi story I just recently listened to on a podcast.

    The Plastic People

    That's the story in text. If you want to hear it read to you, it's CZM Book Club: The Plastic People by Tobias Buckell out on 23 Dec 2023.

  • Millennial dads spend 3 times as much time with their kids than previous generations -
  • They did have many of them, they just did nothing to make it clear as far as formatting they were there. I accidentally noticed there were links hidden in much of the text.

    Roles of Moms and Dads Converge as They Balance Work and Family

    The New Dad: The Career-Caregiving Conflict

    Dads are often having fun while moms work around the house

    Working dads have guilt, too

    I’m the primary breadwinner—and I still shoulder most of the housework

    I don't have any kids, and my dad could have done a significantly better job, though less was probably for the best as it was. I'm happy you guys are trying to do better than what many of you experienced growing up. Me and my brother still couldn't tell you why our parents bothered to have kids as they don't seem to have ever really enjoyed having us around very much. So know you play an important role, no matter how things turn out. You don't need to be perfect, just be there.

  • What specific variety of some fruit do you prefer? (A particular apple, a certain mango, etc.)
  • Fuji or Pink Lady for red apples, Mutsu (aka. Crispin) for green apples. Jonagolds split the difference.

  • Sunda Scops

    From National Geographic

    This was from a photo contest.

    I couldn't find any interesting facts on them, but they sure are cute!


    Buffy Takes to the Skies!

    We've had a ton of great Buffy Fish Owl pics on here since it's great showing in Owl of the Year, but I think this is the first one I've come across where it's actually in the air!

    Photo by Dan Kev



    Photos by Guilong Charles Chen

    >I had a unique experience with this barred owl while I was in the woods. I didn't see her until I was way too close. We locked eyes for a few seconds, and then she flew straight toward me and passed me by inches. My shutter speed wasn't fast enough to freeze the wings, but I rather enjoy the blurred effect. That face! I was in heaven.


    Great (Hot! 🥵) Visit to The Raptor Trust in New Jersey

    Finally got to make a return visit to the first owl rehab I visited. The Raptor Trust is a nice medical and rehab facility in northern NJ.

    It's a great facility to look around, but picture taking is absolutely terrible. They have very fine netting on all the enclosures. Most of my pics look like this, no matter how hard I tried.


    I'll share a few I got where you can actually see the birds. The post picture is of the most beautiful Barred Owl they had, Sonny.


    Canadian GHO

    Photo by Kevin Eisler

    I love seeing owls with different color plumage!

    This owl is from Manitoba, so coming from a different climate, it has a different color than more southern GHOs.

    There is such an endless variety of owls!


    It's Shorty Nesting Season!

    From the Owl Research Institute

    >We're excited to share that our ongoing project on predation and nesting outcomes in Short-eared Owls in the Mission Valley is yielding some promising results! This year we have located over 30 Short-eared Owl nests (NEW RECORD). > >This year's breeding season began early and continues to produce more nests. We anticipate finding a few more before the season ends! > >The breeding season for Short-eared Owls extends from March through July and August. During this crucial period, please be mindful of ground-nesting birds and avoid disturbing their habitats. Many nests fail and birds are klled due to mowing, haying, grazing. herbicide application, and spring burning. Young birds just learning how to fly can often be hit by cars so please drive cautiously on back roads.

    Photo 1: Short-eared Owl chick after banding (approx 5 weeks old)


    Take A Load Off

    From Ojai Raptor Center

    >Sometimes, you just need to take a load off. Take an example from this little Great Horned Owl baby relaxing in our incubator, waiting for room service to bring his meal, and take it easy this weekend.


    I'm King of the World!

    Photo by Harold Wilion

    >I find it amazing how owls, both young and old, love climbing or flying to the very top of a tree where they don't even have enough room to put both feet. There are millions of horizontal branches in the woods where they could just stand with no effort, but they insist on perching on these spikes where even the slightest breeze makes them flap around trying to maintain their balance. Maybe to them it's just a game. A game I love to watch seeing that I'm the kind of guy that has trouble standing on a sidewalk without tumbling over.


    Philippine Scops Owl

    Photo by Brian Santos

    From Wikipedia:

    >The Philippine scops owl is a fairly small-to-mid-sized species of owl, but is arguably the largest true species of scops owl. Adults measure from 23 to 28 cm (9.1 to 11.0 in). Their body mass can range from 125 to 310 g (4.4 to 10.9 oz), with females often considerably larger than males.


    A Very Successful Hunt

    Great set of photos of a Barn Owl on the hunt.

    Photos by Trevor Stutter

    >A Barn Owl near the Suffolk coast in the UK. It's the first time l've photographed one with prey and it was out and about for about two and a half hours and caught about 8 voles taking them back to its nest somewhere on the other side of the field.


    The Great (Horned Owl) Escape

    Photos from Cody Julie Davis

    >I recently came upon a rather precarious scene, flushed up about 15 Crows and as I drew closer an Owl shot up out of the tall grass and landed in a nearby tree. I'm assuming the Crows had it cornered and were beating it up. The Owl stretched and tried to dry out, and upon taking off for the trees a few Crows were back after it. I was thinking maybe this was a juvenile and it exposed itself too much and the Crows took advantage. I hope things worked out!


    Good Grief

    Photo by Simon Wardle

    >Barred Owlet checking out what all the fuss is about outside the darkness.


    Owl-natomy: The Brood Patch

    In the recent post about UV aging a bird, one of the things that came up is the brood patch, which I don't think we've covered yet.

    Owls will remove a patch of down to both insulate the nest and to get better heat conduction with the eggs.

    From the Owl Research Institute

    >The first time I saw a brood patch - especially visible on a Snowy Owl - I was mystified and concerned. It just didn't look right. I went on to learn that it is exactly right - a perfectly developed adaptation to ensure that eggs are incubated properly. An especially relevant issue in the Arctic. > >Female Snowy Owls will lay three to eleven white eggs on a ground nest. The number of eggs depends on how much food is available in a given season. Snowy Owls have an instinctive sense of how many chicks lemming numbers can support. For example, if an area's vole population is high, a female Snowy Owl might lay nine eggs. If the vole population is low, she might lay just three eggs, or she may not nest at all. > >Eggs are usually laid two to three days apart. They will hatch in this same order. During the incubation period, the female loses the feathers on her belly in order to transfer more body heat to the eggs. This is called a brood patch and she presses this warm, bare skin against the eggs. She lies on the nest in the incubation position, with her head low and stomach down, keeping the eggs warm all the time. Extra blood vessels infuse this patch of skin with extra warmth enabling the female Snowy to act as a warm blanket over her clutch of eggs. > >When Snowy Owls lay eggs on their Arctic breeding grounds, it is often still frozen and even ice covered. To see eggs - something that needs to be constantly warm in order to develop - in the harshness of an Arctic landscape seems like an impossible combination. But Snowy Owls - with the help of their brood patch - certainly have it down.


    The Eyes Have It!

    Photos by Gerry Uchutil

    Some nice photos of Burrowing Owls.


    Baby Plover Enjoying a Drink

    Photo by Dan Minicucci

    >Getting a drink from a scallop shell day old plover chick no more than 2" tall > >Nerd Info: Canon R5 600mm f/4 w/1.4x (840mm) 2000 f/8@ 1/3200" cropped and denoised in Photoshop