Comments Archive 2001-2002

Posted on: Sunday, December 23, 2001, 12:07 PM

nedded info on ospreys for a quiz in sunday times. got info i needed many thanks

Glad to be of help.

From: Gary Reeve
Posted on: Tuesday, January 01, 2002, 12:17 PM

Being a keeper of a Bengal Eagle owl I found your page informative and pleasing on the eye.

I've very little info at the moment specifically on the Bengals, the main reference books I have are from the time they were considered a supspecies of the European Eagle Owl, so any further info would be appreciated.

From: Cindy S.
Posted on: Saturday, January 05, 2002, 09:33 PM

I found your website very informative on the Red-Tailed Hawk. I have been researching this breed because we have one around our property that not only has taken up residence but has decided it likes our chickens more than we do! It wouldn't be so bad if I had a great lot of them, but I just raise a few for our enjoyment and the darn thing took off with my little boy's pet chicken the other day!!!! I think they are beautiful birds but needless to say, that one is no longer welcome around here! How can we get it to go away? I have seen people put plastic owls out in their yards to ward off other pests....will that work or is there something else they are afraid of? We really need some help in this matter! Thanks!

For anyone else with a similar question, I directed Cindy to the following site :

on the Owl Pages website.

From: Cheryal
Posted on: Sunday, January 06, 2002, 03:26 AM

Comments Iliked it butyou need to describe more variety (?) of owls. Dif.types.

Cheryal, if you'd like to e-mail me details of any owls you're particularly interested in, I'll consider adding them - the main reason for the website was as a set of notes about the birds I normally deal with at the Raptor Foundation but other birds are already included, just out of interest as I continue to gather information,

From: Margrét Berg Sverrisdóttir
Posted on: Saturday, February 02, 2002, 01:15 PM

This page was verry helpfull for me beecos in my scool we hafe to ride about snowy owl (Snæugla on Icelandic) and i dinīt find so much about Snowy owls in Icelandic books. Margrét
P.s. Im only 12 yers old so im not verry good in English!

Dear Margrét,
Thank you for your comments. I have now updated the page on Snowy Owls to include the Icelandic name, with thanks to you. I'm glad you found my pages helpful, if you have any more questions, please ask me, I may be able to help.
PS. I think your English is very good.

Posted on: Tuesday, February 05, 2002, 07:22 PM

Yes it was very helpful as my son was doing a topic on Snowy Owls
Thank you

If I can be of any further help, e-mail me from the menu. I'll do my best.

From: Adem J Sash
Posted on: Wednesday, February 27, 2002, 07:21 PM

My name is Adem Sash. I was hoping that you might be able to help me find a way to buy a snowy owl. I had one as a kid, but it died of old age. I really want to find one and am having a very hard time. Please e-mail me back with any info you might have. Thank you for your time and sincerely,
Adem J Sash

Dear Adem,
Thank you for your message. Unfortunately, I am unable to help with this type of information, especially outside the UK.

From: Amanda
Posted on: Monday, May 06, 2002, 02:27 PM

Comments: This didn't help me at all. I needed to know like what species and what kingdom they are from. Not all this other stuff. Sorry.

Thanks for taking the time to respond. I'm sorry I was of little help. I will try to add the information you require at some point.

Posted on: Monday, May 20, 2002, 08:28 PM

To Whom It May Concern,

I perpetually have trouble finding anything of use on the net unless I get someone to help me. I found your site, though and it is everything I had heard the web was supposed to be, but never actually seemed to manage. I found links to other pages of interest as well as the necessary bibliographies for topics I wish to research both on this page and on linked ones.

My husband and I are considering getting involved in Falconry etc.. in a few years and I am doing some background investigation. We want to figure out what types of raptors would be best for us. I am very interested in Snowy Owls, but I am not certain of their termperment. My husband is more intersted in Falcons. Can you help us learn more about the individual Species so that we can make more informed decisions?

Thanks for the compliments. I will reply to you as soon as I can.

Posted on: Wednesday, May 22, 2002, 09:18 PM

Comments: As a school teacher looking for additional info re the Snowy Owl in order to answer the children's questions while we were studying habitats, your site was perfect.
Thanks. Laura Shaw

Again, glad to be of help, if I can be of further help - e-mail me.

From: Rob Davies
Posted on: Wednesday, May 29, 2002, 05:47 PM

Comments I found the white tailed sea eagle page v helpful because I was searching for its name in welsh - I am considering a reintroduction project to pembrokeshire. you have my favourite bird on this page too - I did my phd on the black eagle! I am now working as development director with the hawk and owl trust - we may need some web developers - interested???

Thanks for the reply, the Black (Verraux's) eagle was one of jpj's, called Ullyses, a personal favourite while I worked as a volunteer there. The reason the white tailed sea eagle got included was the beautiful Scottish name (Eagle With The Sunlit Eye), that started the interest in foreign names too.

From: Rob Davies
Posted on: Thursday, May 30, 2002, 02:37 PM

Comments Hi Paul
I agree - great name
Basically, our webdeveloper has taken as far as possible and we need someone else to step in and turn it into something more like with the possibility of having an online resource centre for membership and possibly bird of prey information. One of the problems with the organisation is its disjointedness and I see a computer network as one way of working around this. I do a lot of GIS work and it would be great to get some maps on the web at a later stage. Where are you at Paul, in terms of location, career etc? all the best Rob

Dr Robert A G Davies Llanunwas, Upper Solva Near Haverfordwest, SA62 6UJ Pembrokeshire, U.K. tel +44 +1437 721228 fax +44 +1437 721268

From: Gary Lindop
Posted on: Sunday, June 02, 2002, 09:41 PM

Comments i found your pages very helpfull as i have just ordered a female finnish goss for falconry purposes and i i am not sure weather to imprint it or not there seems to be pros and cons both ways what do you think i should do go for a social imprint or leave it parent reared
many thanks gary

Dear Gary, Without wishing to appear offensive, I do believe that you should have made this decision well before you intended to purchase the bird. As you say, there are pros & cons both ways, & none of the "experts" agree. A lot appears to depend on the individual bird & your own experience. Any advice I could give would not neccesarily be appropriate to you, because our experiences & abilities will be different.
Most of the work I do with raptors is related to "picking up the pieces" when people find they cannot cope with what they have taken on, my advice is to find out what you are doing before you start, rather than after.

From: matt carter
Posted on: Saturday, June 08, 2002, 01:29 AM

Comment Just been introduced to falconry my friend has just got a sparrow hawk, soon (about 6 to 12 months) hope to get a harris hawk, thanks for the info.

Thanks for the comments, hope all goes well for you with your Harris Hawk. As I've advised other people, try & get as much experience as you can before getting the bird. Talk to as many different people as you can, search out your local falconry club. Everyone does things differently & has had different experiences, the knowledge you pick up may come in useful when you have your own bird.

From: Your Name Cliff
Posted on: Thursday, June 20, 2002, 09:49 PM

Comments:I work as a tour guide for the Vanishing Texas River Cruise Co. which operates boat tours on Lake Buchanan, Texas which is one of the lakes along the (Texas) Colorado. About 10 days ago my wife and I were on a personal trip in our boat when we spotted mature birds and their young in a cottonwood tree alongside the river. We first thought they might be Golden Eagles but further study indicated they were not large enough and did not have other GE characteristics. When we returned home we consulted several birding guides and we now are in a controversey. It is my thinking the birds are Common Black Hawks while some other (more experienced and probably correct) birders feel they are Zone Tailed Hawks. In either instance, the birds seem to be well out of normal territory. They have three hatchlings which

Thanks for the message, unfortunately cut short - I've just discovered that there is a limit to the size of message that can be sent (around 700 characters).

From: Craig McKay
Posted on: Sunday, July 07, 2002, 08:25 PM

Hi Paul,

I have clicked on the "please let me know if my site was helpful" because I was looking for info on the Sea Eagle and it's the most helpful one I've found. I was certain it was bigger than a Golden Eagle, and with an 8ft wingspan, I'm sure I'm right! What I was really looking for, though, was some pictures - do you know of any? Can you get some up on the site? My granny was interested in seeing a picture.

I have a real love of raptors, although my experiences are limited to some very amateur photography experiences (usually where my local buzzard flies off by the time I've turned back with the camera), a day trip to a falconry and the brave attempt at recusing a young sparrow hawk who flew into our office window (poor wee chap didn't make it through the night).

Cheers, Craig.

Thanks for the comments & glad to be of help. Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures of the Sea Eagle - the pictures I use are all my own. I'll have a look & e-mail some sites with pictures.

Posted on: Thursday, August 15, 2002, 07:51 PM

Dear Sirs

Congratulations on your wonderful site. It is a great help for students of our nature. I'd like to add that in Greek haliaeetus albicilla is called THALASSAETOS or ASPRONOURIS (especially on the island of Ikaria)


Thanks, I'll look at putting the Greek names on in the near future.
PS - only 1 of me doing this

Posted on: Sunday, August 18, 2002, 12:09 PM

I was looking for an answer to a crossword question, "another name for the european sea eagle". after visiting a few sites with no luck I finaly fount the answer on your site "ERNE".
Thank You

Glad to have been of help

Posted on: Saturday, September 14, 2002, 10:43 PM



From: Fern
Posted on: Monday, September 16, 2002, 02:47 AM

It was somewhat helpful; it needs more topics dealing with the owl been evil.

The mythology side is only of passing interest to me, useful for brief comments in my talks about the birds during displays. My main interest is the birds in real life - they're not really evil, stupid maybe, but not evil.

Posted on: Thursday, September 26, 2002, 02:20 AM

this is very helpful. due to many projects for school

If you have any specific questions, feel free to e-mail me, I'll do my best to answer.

From: LEO
Posted on: Thursday, October 03, 2002, 04:09 AM



Thanks for the comments on my guest book. Unfortunately, I have been unable to find any information about attracting Harris Hawks. (I'm doing my best to attract the local sparrowhawks, but despite all of the bird feeders I've got, they still avoid my garden).
Sorry I couldn't be of help,

Posted on: Monday, October 07, 2002, 04:16 AM

im a sixth grader at camelsnot elemntry and i had 2 do a report on THE SNOWY OWL and id like 2 let u no this sight really did help

Glad to have been of help

Posted on: Friday, October 11, 2002, 01:26 AM

Hello, I have enjoyed the information on this page very much-- very informative. I would like to know, if in the past buzzards layed only one egg? If so, when did they start laying 2-3 eggs? Thank you for your valuable time.
Lisa Bascharow

Thanks for the comments & the interesting question. I've had a brief look, & the only information that I can find is that the clutch size varies throughout their location, with the largest clutches being laid in the North & the West of the range. I'm guessing this is due to the difference in climate & consequently survival rate of the young. I can't find any references to smaller clutches in the past. If I find any more information, I'll let you know

Posted on: Monday, October 14, 2002, 04:16 PM


Guess I can't please everyone. Wonder what he/she wanted to know.

Posted on: Tuesday, October 15, 2002, 08:04 PM

The site was really helpful!


From: bob
Posted on: Tuesday, October 15, 2002, 10:51 PM

it helped me


From: Rachel
Posted on: Wednesday, October 23, 2002, 05:39 PM

I was looking for information on a kestrel and I found your page on that very informative and interesting. Although I know nothing much about birds, I do love them and am currently watching a kestrel on the Scottish coast. Good site - thanks for putting it up.
BTW, how long can a kestrel hold a windhover?

Thanks for the comments. The only information I can find is that they are able to hover for several minutes at a time, I haven't seen anything which gives specific times. Sorry I couldn't be of further help.

Posted on: Saturday, October 26, 2002, 03:07 PM

Thanks for putting in the wingspan in inches. Being an american it was hard to find the wing span in what I could understand or relate to. I searched a long time to find it without using the metric system.

Something to do with my age, I naturally work in feet/inches & lbs/ozs, I have to think hard when confronted with metric measurements.

From: Jennifer
Posted on: Tuesday, October 29, 2002, 08:03 PM

I thought that this web page was very helpful. I'm reasearching Eagle Owls for my science project. I like it when I find information set up like some of this was (Example-Wingspan:_______). When it's a quick reasearch project it's good to have the exact information in one area, which makes it much less complicated (especily when you need to type up a bibliography, like in my case)! Thanks, Jen

It is good to know that my layout was of help - it is difficult to know how best to present such information.

From: Nick
Posted on: Wednesday, October 30, 2002, 02:00 AM

Thought your comments on raptors were great. Thanks for the help

Glad to be of help.

Posted on: Sunday, November 03, 2002, 11:48 PM

this paged was horrible

If I don't know in what way it is horrible, I can't do anything to improve it, let me know how/why you think it horrible.

Posted on: Tuesday, November 12, 2002, 06:01 PM

I still don't know what are the female hawks called and what are the male hawks called. There proper name.

As far as I can find out, there appears to be no general falconry term for the male & female hawks.
The term "falcon" is specifically used for the female peregrine, but often used for the larger female longwings (ie not kestrels, merlins, hobbies).
The term "tiercel" is specifically used for the male peregrine, but it is often used to refer to all male raptors (all falcons, hawks, etc).
Individual species have specific falconry terms for the different sexes, I've many of listed these with the particular species.
Sorry I couldn't be of further help,

Posted on: Monday, November 18, 2002, 03:59 PM

What does it eat?

One problem I must resolve is recording the page from which people reached the guest book. Unfortunately, I don't know which "it" the person is referring to & as no contact details were given, I can't find out.
NOTE - Now the problem should be resolved (though the next message says undefined so there may be a problem).

Posted on: Thursday, November 21, 2002, 03:46 PM

tell how much the common buzzards nest weighs!!!

All I could find relating to the nest size is that in the first year the nest is around 1m in diameter & 60cm deep, increasing with reuse to about 1.5m diameter & around 90cm deep. The nest is a bulky affair made mainly of sticks & twigs, sometimes lined with heather. At the moment I can't find anything relating to the weight of the nest, sorry.

Posted on: Wednesday, December 04, 2002, 07:05 PM

it was crap and nearly every site i looked at was better

If people would be more specific I would know how to improve the site to their liking.

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