A Visit to Gardiner Manor School by the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary Birds of Prey
We were very excited to have these special guests join us for the day. It was amazing to see the birds of prey up so close. The coloring and design in their feathers was amazingly beautiful and it was shocking to see how sharp their beaks and talons were. We learned a lot and realized how important it is to try to help these magnificent creatures stay off the endangered species list.
The Barn Owl is a nocturnal bird of prey. It actually has speckles on its chest so that when its prey looks up at the sky it thinks it is looking at a sky full of twinkling stars and never realizes the owl is on the hunt.
The Harris Hawk is another amazing bird. It lives in lowlands and woodlands. They often hunt in groups or 3-4 hawks. The bird glides down from a perch and grabs its prey. This raptor eats mainly small mammals.
The Great Horned Owl is the largest and strongest of the owls. It eats small rodents and birds. The parts of the animal it can not digest are regurgitated as an owl pellet.These birds do not build their own nest. They move into other animals' homes to lay their eggs.
The American Kestrel is a very small bird of prey. Though it lives in a variety of places it needs open areas for hunting. This falcon likes to hunt from a perch, swooping down to catch small birds and rodents. In the summer it feeds on insects.
Red Tailed Hawk likes to live in open field areas, grasslands and marshes. It does not like the deep woods. This bird of prey eats mostly small mammals, though it will eat lizards, snakes and small birds.
The Short-eared Owl lives in grasslands and wet marshlands. It does not build a nest but lays eggs in the flattened grass. This owl eats mostly small rodents, birds and insects.
To meet some of the other Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary Birds click here.
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