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Snowy Owl FAQs and Information

January 8, 2022: A Snowy Owl on the Flyway.

By Karla Bloem, Executive Director, International Owl Center Owls are a varied group of birds. Some species are normally resident on their territories year-round (like Great Horned Owls and Barred Owls), some species are more or less migratory (like Northern Saw-whet Owls), some are nomadic, wandering around and settling where the food is (like Short-eared Owls), and some are irruptive, where a bunch show up in random years (like Snowy Owls and Great Gray Owls.) Why are Snowy Owls showing

About that Steller’s Sea Eagle…

Where did the Steller’s Sea Eagle in Massachusetts come from? No legal zoo or individual in the United States reported a missing Steller’s Sea Eagle, but we can’t rule out an escape from an illegal menagerie. This blog assumes the eagle made a one-of-a-kind flight from the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia to the Western Hemisphere. We hope that is the case!  We’re getting a lot of questions about the Steller’s Sea Eagle last seen in Massachusetts. How did it get

As The Nest Turns, Decorah Edition

December 19, 2021: unknown eagles exploring N2B at around 2:41.

Sit down on the Confusion Couch and get ready for another episode of ‘As The Nest Turns’! John visited Decorah yesterday to check on N3 and see what Mom and DM2 were doing. He stopped at Walmart at 11:25 and saw two eagles – presumably Mom and DM2 – perched in the branches above N3. At 12:15, John took off for the hatchery, where he saw an adult eagle perched on the bluff. Could Mom or DM2 have beaten John

How many eagles at the North nest?

December 4, 2021: Eagles near the North nest

How many eagles did we count at the North nest this weekend? Juveniles, subadults, and adults stacked up: stalking one another, mantling, quarreling, and hanging out in the Valley of the Norths. Although we saw just six or seven at any given time, it felt like eleventy billion! Why are we seeing so many eagles here? Eagles are leaving remote northern forests for more temperate regions. As cold as it seems to us, there is plenty of open water in

Memory Lane 2021: The Bachelor, Great Spirit Bluff edition

Amhran 92/X, a 2018 hatch from Skidmore Bluff in Hagar, Wisconsin. Newman invited her into his nest box, offered her a food gift, and tried to copulate with her.

We’re used to a little falcon flirting. Despite the species’ reputation for monogamy, we’ve seen and heard males display, chup at, and solicit passing females before their mates show up to chase off interlopers. But Newman was in a league of his own this year as falcon after falcon showed up to flirt and accept his food gifts. While he wasn’t really a bachelor, he seemed to enjoy the attention. Picture dead birds instead of roses, bare-knuckle brawling in place

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