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News stories tagged with "raptor"

Snowy Owl  (photo: Cornell Lab of Ornithology)
Snowy Owl (photo: Cornell Lab of Ornithology)

A rare, winter visitor from the Arctic

Snowy owls from the arctic tundra are showing up in northern states this winter. More than two dozen sightings of the large, stoic owls have been reported from Lake Champlain to Lake Ontario since October.

Todd Moe talks with Lake Placid birder Larry Master, an expert on owls, about Snowy Owls and other owl visitors from further north this time of year.  Go to full article
The "Phantom of the North", photo by Brian Sullivan
The "Phantom of the North", photo by Brian Sullivan

Great Gray Owl Glides Into NNY

The Great Gray Owl usually lives deep in the boreal forests of Canada. It's the official bird of the province of Manitoba. But due to scarce food and severe weather, thousands of the raptors have drifted south this year. They've invaded Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan, even southern Ontario and Quebec. But a Great Gray hadn't been spotted in New York State since 1996, according to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Until last Wednesday, that is, when ornithologist Gerry Smith spotted one in the farm fields between Clayton and Cape Vincent in Jefferson County. It so happened that David Sommerstein was there too and has the story.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: The Barred Owl

Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley discuss the commonest northern forest member of the owl family. Curt's impersonation of this night hunter's call is hair-raising, and should be practiced, like a beginning bagpiper, far from other ears.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Ospreys

Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager discuss the osprey--a large, black and white bird of prey that eats almost exclusively fish.  Go to full article

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