Coopers on Coopers
Participants of our November 5 nature walk to Suffolk County Farm were treated to a hands-on ornithology lesson from long-time GSBAS member Mike Cooper. As we were walking along, we came across a dead Cooper’s Hawk on the ground. With the bird in hand, Mike spread the feathers and pointed out the primary feathers of the hawk. He went on to explain that certain bird species have one or more marginate (notched) primaries that can be helpful in identifying species or aging the bird. This bird happened to have 5 marginate primaries, as with all other accipiters. – Vera Copogna
Most people show an affinity toward owls. Because of their large heads and forward-looking face, owls have the appearance of wisdom. There are about 236 species of owls in the world in which there are 19 species in North America. Owls can be divided into 2 groups –...
Hello, my little birding friends! Hope this newsletter finds you all well and hope you enjoyed the holidays and got a lot of nice presents!! I can’t believe how warm it was in December. I saw people wearing shorts, t-shirts and flop flops!
As we approach the colder months and begin to think about our feathered friends, take some time to consider how your plants and leaves can benefit them until spring. While birds rely on seeds and berries as the dominant food source in the winter months there are many ways to feed them naturally.