Eyes in the Sky Birds at the Natural History Museum

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Eyes in the Sky Birds at the Natural History Museum
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By Gerry Lewin

The Great Horned Owl and the Kestral are part of the Eyes in the Sky Program of the SB Audubon Society.  We saw these and other beautiful raptors at the Natural History Museum. 

All the raptors have been rescued and rehabilitated, and serve to educate the community about wild birds. 

What a great experience!

Learn more about this at http://www.eyesinthesky.org

 

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a-1576365321 Aug 26, 2018 08:56 PM
Eyes in the Sky Birds at the Natural History Museum

Every time I see or hear the word "kestrel" I think about the ornithology class I took at SBCC. We spent hours one day, learning why some sparrows can't breed with other sparrows, even though the birds might be quite similar physically. A lot of talk about "ring species" and neighboring bird population overlap. A couple weeks went by and we were on a field trip, binoculars in hand, and spotted an American kestrel. Our instructor was saying how American kestrels are small falcons and that quite often people will mistakenly call them "Sparrowhawks." A student then raised her hand and asked the instructor if that meant the kestrel was actually a cross (hybrid) between a sparrow and a hawk. I think sometimes about that woman and wonder if she still enjoys birdwatching.

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