To describe my lifelong fascination with flight and with creatures that fly I like to echo the words of John James Audubon who in 1839 wrote of himself as "...one who never can cease to admire and to study with zeal and the most heartfelt reverence, the wonderful productions of an Almighty Creator."
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Barred Owl in Yamhill County, Oregon
Barred Owls were first discovered in Oregon in 1974, and can now be found in most forested areas in the state. This is the first one I have seen in Yamhill County, although I did hear one in this same patch of woods (west of Willamina) two years ago. A short video can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hprLPO0mBMM.
This falcon is a female Peregrine/Gyrfalcon cross, and is on duty near McMinnville, Oregon, "hired" to reduce the numbers of gulls and other species of birds that are scavenging on a nearby landfill. The instrument attached to her leg is a radio transmitter with which to communicate with her falconer manager.