Birds – Saw Whet Owl

(Nyctala acadia) Called also: ACADIAN OWL Length-7.50 to 8 inches; smallest of the eastern owls. Male and Female—Upper parts dark reddish brown, the head streaked, the back and wings spotted with light brown and white; under parts white, heavily streaked with dark rusty brown; tail with three or four broken white bars; facial disk almost […]

Birds – Screech Owl

(Megascops asio) Called also: MOTTLED OWL; RED OWL; LITTLE HORNED OWL Length-8.50 to 9.50 inches. Male and Female—Brownish red phase: Upper parts rusty red, finely streaked with blackish brown and mottled with light brown; under parts whitish or buff, the feathers centrally streaked with black and with irregular rusty bars. Eyes yellow; legs and feet […]

Birds – Great Horned Owl

(Bubo virginianus) Called also: HOOT OWL; CAT OWL Length—Male 19 to 23 inches; female 21 to 26 inches. Male and Female—Long ear tufts; upper parts variegated brown, tawny, pale buff, and white; facial disk buff; eyes yellow; throat white; under parts buff or whitish, finely barred with black; legs and feet feathered. Range—Eastern North America, […]

Birds – Snowy Owl

(Nyctea nyctea) Length—About 2 feet. Male and Female—White, more or less barred or spotted with dusky; some specimens almost entirely white, the female usually the more heavily barred; the face, throat, and feet being in all birds the whitest parts; legs and feet thickly feathered; iris yellow; bill and claws black; no ear tufts. Range—” […]

Birds – Barred Owl

(Syrnium nebulosum) Called also: HOOT OWL ; WOOD OWL Length—18 to 20 inches ; female the larger. Male and Female—Upper parts grayish brown, each feather with two or three white or buff bars ; facial disk gray, finely barred or mottled with dusky; eyes bluish black, and bill yellow; under parts white washed with buff; […]

Birds – Wild Turkey

Length—About four feet; largest of the game birds. Male—Head and upper neck naked ; plumage with metallic bronze, copper, and green reflections, the feathers tipped with black; secondaries green barred with whitish, the primaries black barred with white. (The wild turkey to be distinguished from the domestic bird chiefly by the chestnut, instead of white, […]

Birds – Dusky Grouse

(Dendragapus obscurus) Called also: BLUE, GRAY, MOUNTAIN, PINE, AND FOOL GROUSE; PINE HEN Length—20 to 24 inches; length variable. Male—Upper parts blackish brown, finely zigzagged with slatey gray mixed with lighter brown, and sometimes coarsely mottled with gray, especially on wings; forehead dull reddish brown; back of head blackish, the feathers tipped with rusty; sides […]

Birds – Broad Winged Hawk

(Buteo latissimus) Length—Male 14 inches; female 16 inches. Male and Female—Upper parts dusky grayish brown more or less bordered with rusty and buff; blackish tail with two bars and the tip grayish white; three outer primaries of wings notched; under parts heavily barred with white or buff and dull chestnut brown, the dark in excess […]

Our Bird Neighbors – Golden Eagle

(Aquila chrysaetos) Called also: RING-TAILED EAGLE; MOUNTAIN EAGLE; WAR EAGLE Length—Male 3o to 35 inches; female 5 inches longer. Male and Female—Back of the head and nape pale yellow; lower two-thirds of tail white, leaving a broad, dark band across end; legs entirely feathered with white; rest of plumage dusky brown. Immature birds are similar, […]

Birds – Sharp Shinned Hawk

(Accipiter velox) Called also: PIGEON HAWK; LITTLE BLUE DARTER Length—Male 10 to 12 inches; female 12 to 14 inches. Male and Female—Upper parts slaty gray. Tail, which is about 3 inches longer than tips of wings and nearly square, is ashy gray, barred with blackish, and with a whitish tip; throat white, streaked with blackish. […]