Thursday, February 23, 2017

Barn Owl

Ghostly pale and strictly nocturnal, Barn Owls are silent predators of the night world. Lanky, with a whitish face, chest, and belly, and buffy upperparts, this owl roosts in hidden, quiet places during the day.
The Barn Owl has excellent low-light vision, and can easily find prey at night by sight. But its ability to locate prey by sound alone is the best of any animal that has ever been tested. It can catch mice in complete darkness in the lab, or hidden by vegetation or snow out in the real world.
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Barn_Owl
"Over a year of seaching by a resident of Burkes Garden resulted in finding the elusive bird. I was able see and photograph it."


Monday, February 20, 2017

Ross's Goose

A tiny white goose with black wingtips, the Ross's Goose is like a miniature version of the more abundant Snow Goose.
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Rosss_Goose
"The Ross's Goose was located at Falls Mills Lake. This is the first recorded sighting at this location and Tazewell County."