Nature Notes

January 30, 2014


  1. Very beautiful bird. Nice photo of this bird in flight and resting. :)))

    Comment by animtreebird — December 29, 2008 @ 2:14 am

  2. Thanks for your comment.

    Your site on Wildlife in southern India looks very interesting.

    Cheers, Harold

    Comment by Harold — December 29, 2008 @ 3:20 pm

  3. While visiting Wolfe Is. on Sunday Jan. 4th, I watched an adult Snowy Owl perched on a bulldozed “hummock” near 3th (acc. to the signage “th is correct) and Baseline Roads. Behind the perched owl as backdrop a gray wind turbine, with a portable Johnny and a steel stair step at its base was peculiar indeed to this natural animal.
    The Snowy Owl didn’t care a hoot about me, or my car’s idling, or me on the far side of the Baseline road talking to a mule and listening to a young colt back- talk its mother into dinner–then suckling at the mare. The owl may have taken me in talking to the animals at the barbed wire fence; however it never left its site; simply moved its head from one shoulder point to the other.

    Could you tell me how high Snowy Owls fly; and are the turbine “wings”–blades which I’d guess are 40ft. from the earth– of the wind turbines of danger to them in flight?
    Also, what do they hear in terms of low freq. or high freq. sounds once the turbines turn on? Is this sound irritaing to them? Or attractive?

    Thank you,
    Heather Browne

    Comment by Heather Browne — January 11, 2009 @ 3:25 pm

  4. Thanks Heather:

    I noticed that there was a lot of windmills that had recently gone up.

    I don’t know how they would affect the owls. I think they fly close to the ground usually but I don’t know how the sound would affect them, and their hearing is certainly acute.

    Windfarms have caused problems for birds elsewhere, I remember hearing that Eagles were being killed because windmills had gone up in their flightpath.

    Interesting questions, Harold

    Comment by Harold — January 12, 2009 @ 7:45 pm

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