Comments Archive 2003

From: Vincent Jones
From Page: barnowl.html
Posted on: Friday, January 10, 2003, 06:52 PM

Hi Paul,
Just a quick note from me at The Barn Owl Centre
On searching the net I came across your excellent web site, very informative & very well put together.
I do like the section on the Barn Owl page, listing all or most names the Barn Owl has been known to be called. Amazing information.
Would you mind if I postition a link on our links page to you?
Also if you are ever in the area, please take some time to call in.
Best Regards
Vincent Jones, Centre Director

Thanks for the reply. And yes, please add a link on your pages.

From: John Rissbrook
From Page: barnowl.html
Posted on: Monday, February 17, 2003, 06:51 PM

Pleased to see that you encourage caution when purchasing a barn owl. We offer on occasions, barn owls for sale. Before any sale is made we visit and question the prospective owner to ascertain that they know fully what is invoved and what to expect.
If we are not satisfied then we do not continue with the sale.
We actively encourage correct care and husbandry for this most wonderful bird.

Similarly, I am pleased to hear that you take such a conscientious approach to the sale of barn owls. I believe that this type of approach is appropriate to the sale of all animals. If people had to have sufficient knowledge about the animals they hope to own, prior to purchase, then much suffering could be avoided. I have been told of one incident where a lady bought a barn owl & starved it to death over the course of a week due to trying to feed it on budgie food. It was only at the end of the week that she got concerned about the owl not eating, by which time it was too late.
Thanks for taking the time to comment.

From: sam
From Page: intro.html
Posted on: Monday, February 24, 2003, 02:32 PM

good site got A++++++++++++++

Thanks for all the pluses.

From: Kendra Murray
From Page: gthornedowl.html
Posted on: Monday, March 03, 2003, 09:16 PM

This page was very helpful, thank you. I am a caretaker of one male GHO at the New Canaan Nature Center in Connecticut. I logged on to your sight because I am interested in information on GHO's in captivity. If you have any more information on raptors in captivity please feel free to forward me.
Thanks again.

If I find further information I'll pass it on. As for books Jemima Parry-Jones book "Understanding Owls" is very good, several of the other books on falconry in my list give useful background for keeping owls as well as falconry birds.

From: Debs Bryant
From Page: harris.html
Posted on: Tuesday, March 11, 2003, 06:41 PM

as a person who has been waiting many years to get her first raptor i am finding the information on your site invaluable. many thanks.
keep up the good work

Glad you found the site useful. I hope all goes well when you get your bird.

From: roland
From Page: barnowl.html
Posted on: Thursday, March 13, 2003, 05:58 AM

please could you please post an answer: "can you buy a barn owl as a pet you would probly need a liesence right

You haven't stated which country you live in - possibly Canada from the counter log. In which case I really don't know what the situation is.
In the UK, it is far too easy to purchase barn owls, no licence needed & no need to understand anything at all about keeping owls. I believe that this is a very bad situation.
See my replies to John Rissbrook above & other replies last year, I will not give any advice on buying birds of prey on this site. I would only give advice to people I have met & trust and even then I would suggest that they spend a lot of time involved with birds of prey, either with an experienced owner/falconer or at a centre, before they even consider getting one of their own.
Sorry not to be of more help.

From: Katie Brown
From Page: wtseaeagle.html
Posted on: Thursday, March 20, 2003, 04:38 PM

Thanks for your page on white tailed eagles. It's been helpful for the report I have to write in science!

Glad to have been of help - hope you get a good grade

From: Anthony
From Page: eeagleowl.html
Posted on: Friday, March 21, 2003, 09:02 PM

I think your site is GREAT.It is very interesting.Matter-of-fact I put it on my favorites.This is not the last time I'll vist your site.(smile)

As always, thanks for the compliment. Hopefully I will get time to add more in the near future. If there's anything specific you think would be useful, pleae let me know.

From: Sean Dimond
From Page: intro_o.html
Posted on: Tuesday, March 25, 2003, 10:52 AM

Hello I am working in N Africa a small Owl has fallen out of a tree and we looking after it ? any advice would be great it is eating well and growing ,we would like to reintroduce to wild Regards SD

My first advice would have been to leave the owl alone, unless there were signs of injury or immediate danger. Very often the parents are around to look after a young bird that has fallen from a tree. My second piece of advice would have been to get professional advice as soon as possible after rescuing the bird. Care & feeding of rescued birds can be full of difficulties. You seem to be doing well in that respect, but depending on the age & breed of owl and the length of time you have been caring for the owl, there may be difficulties in returning it to the wild. One problem could be imprinting on you, or people in general, as the main source of food - basically, when released it may try to look for people to feed it, rather than have the ability to find its own food. My advice would be to seek professional advice, either from a specialist raptor rehabilition centre or a vet, in the district that you live. The following sites may give some help, unfortunately I can't find anything specific to North Africa.

Hope you are successful, if you get chance, I would be most interested in hearing how successful you are on re-releasing the owl.

From Page: intro.html
Posted on: Friday, March 28, 2003, 12:18 AM

yes, thank you

From: Michelle Miller
From Page: places.html
Posted on: Friday, March 28, 2003, 12:25 AM

Thank you for this site. You did a wonderful job. A lot of work . I am here to help my 12 year old son do a science project on raptors.
Thank you very much

Thanks for the comment, I hope I have been of some help with your son's project.

From Page: intro.html
Posted on: Friday, April 04, 2003, 12:30 AM

Thank you for your article about raptors. My 3rd grade daughter was asked to find information concerning raptors on the internet, and your site was very helpful! Again, thank you!

Seems I'm helping a lot with school projects. I am all in favour of children learning about raptors from a very early age. Hopefully, they will come to respect these birds & learn about many of the misconceptions surrounding them. Maybe that will lead to less persecution & better care of the environment allowing them to flourish. (My personal love is of raptors (& tigers), but this should apply to all animals.)

From: gary mann
From Page: snowyowl.html
Posted on: Thursday, April 24, 2003, 11:48 PM

your information on snowy owl was breath taking well done i really enjoyed reading it do you have any more information as we are real novices ansd cannot find a book about snowy owls can you help in any was any information will be helpfull as we are purchasing onw end of june
many thanks
gary mann

I don't know of any books currently available specifically about Snowy Owls. JPJ's book about owls may be a good starting place (though she does have a dislike for Snowy Owls).

As always though, I would just like to reiterate my view that you should find out as much as possible about the type of bird that you are intending to buy before you make that decision. It should not be up to places such as the Raptor Foundation to pick up the pieces if you find that you have bought a bird completely unsuitable to you & your circumstances. Just as a dog is "for life & not just for Christmas" - a bird of prey should be for life too, many live for much longer than dogs & proper care can be far more difficult. For example, suitable vets are not always available & care during your holidays may be much harder to find.

From: lisa
From Page: intro.html
Posted on: Thursday, May 01, 2003, 10:00 AM

it hardly gave representation of the eagle which is what am after and some pictures

I'm sorry to disappoint. But my main aim is to provide information about the birds (mainly to help answer questions from the public when I am working at the Raptor Foundation), not to provide lots of pictures, for which there are many sources.

From: cameron macdonald
From Page: redtail.html
Posted on: Sunday, May 18, 2003, 06:05 PM

I found that the detailed report on the red tailed buzzard,was a excellent source of information. Full of facts and details on tempermant,behaviour,etc. As i am a keen falconer in my second full year of training birds of prey,i found your paper a great help in my next selection of hawk.
Thank you again,
Cameron macdonald.

Glad to be of so much help. I hope all goes well with your next bird.

From Page: intro.html
Posted on: Saturday, May 24, 2003, 02:39 AM


Short & to the point, no help as to why it sucks though, I do wish people would be more specific in their complaints.

From: terri doyle
From Page: intro.html
Posted on: Tuesday, May 27, 2003, 04:05 PM

I found your website to be very informative and helpful!!!
I was helping my 7 year old son with his school project on birds of prey and your website was wonderfull. It had all the info we needed the links and places to go info was great well done and thank you very much!!!
for someone who knows very little on birds of prey the info on the website was clear and concise

Thanks for the comments. I'm particularly glad to help children learn about these birds.

From: Gareth Tranter
From Page: redtail.html
Posted on: Wednesday, May 28, 2003, 12:54 AM

a very helpfull page thank you very much

From: Allison
From Page: intro_h.html
Posted on: Wednesday, May 28, 2003, 12:59 AM

I found the site very useful. I have a pair of somethings!!(nesting I think), near my stable yard. I hadn't a clue what they were but from your site I have been able to determine that they are common buzzards. It is nice to know what the birds are as they are providing me with much enjoyment watching them in the evenings.

Glad to have been of help, but you've made me jealous - having nesting so close to you.

From: Paul
From Page: guestbookfile1.html
Posted on: Wednesday, May 28, 2003, 04:30 PM

A very informative and well put together site, entertaining too, just a thought but do you think Phillipine Monkey Eating Eagles could be could be trained to take "rich people who persecute raptors" please let me know i think it make a good days hunting.

I would agree with that sentiment. As well as the "rich people who persecute raptors", I would also include anyone who is involved in illegally importing raptors - I could happily train three Crested Serpent Eagles to do the hunting & let an African White Backed Vulture eat the carcass.

From: nancy
From Page: goldeneagle.html
Posted on: Thursday, May 29, 2003, 01:45 AM

it a very great site and I'm going to put it one of my favorites!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!see you

From: nancy
From Page: intro.html
Posted on: Thursday, May 29, 2003, 01:48 AM


Well you liked the Golden Eagle, what was wrong with the introduction.

From: julie
From Page: barnowl.html
Posted on: Monday, June 02, 2003, 06:17 PM

does a pet owl drink water. and what do they eat.

Like all of the raptors, owls are carniverous. They only eat uncooked meat. In captivity a good source of food is day-old chicks. The diet should be varied with things like mice, rat, rabbit etc. Owls will drink some water, though much of their requirement comes from the food they eat. If you are thinking of owning an owl as a pet, you should do a lot of reading first, in my opinion, a good starting place is the Jemima Parry-Jones book about owls. But, in my opinion, owls & birds of prey are not suitable for keeping as pets.

From: Renee Barker
From Page: places.html
Posted on: Tuesday, June 03, 2003, 01:28 PM

I found your webpage, very intersting and i got some good information for my university project from it.
Thank you

Glad to be of help.

From: john currie
From Page: harris.html
Posted on: Saturday, June 07, 2003, 07:14 PM

very helpful for information i am giving to a group as a presentation on my hobby of falconry thanks

Again, glad to be of help.

From: john
From Page: intro_h.html
Posted on: Monday, June 16, 2003, 10:25 PM

yes it was very helpful

From Page: tawnyowl.html
Posted on: Wednesday, June 25, 2003, 09:02 AM

We have just been 'adopted' by a pair of tawny owls and wanted to find out about them. We found the information very informative and helpful.
Thank you so much.
Michael & Linda Chamberlain
Benover, Nr. Yalding, Kent.

From: June
From Page: cbuzzard.html
Posted on: Friday, July 04, 2003, 11:09 AM

Gave me the information I needed - thanks!

From: Jannie (Pronounced Jan-E)
From Page: intro_h.html
Posted on: Sunday, July 06, 2003, 10:37 PM

I wrk with adults with Learning Difficulties. The more able ones found your information very helpful with their project on Birds of Prey. The less able ones found some of it 'above their heads'
Personally I found everything very informative and helped me a lot with my task of helping my clients.
Thank you for a very interesting site

It is this sort of response that makes the effort worth while, thanks very much

From: Michael Matthews
From Page: cbuzzard.html
Posted on: Monday, July 07, 2003, 09:38 PM

I've been trying to find reference to a buzzard hovering. I think that, of British birds, only kestrals and buzzards hover. Is that correct?

As far as I know, that is correct.
Note, though, only the kestral can do a true hover - staying motionless above the ground by beating its wings fast - this can be done on a windless day. Both the buzzard & kestral perform the "wind hover", which requires at least a small breeze to give the required lift.

From: Norman Ohannesyan
From Page: snowyowl.html
Posted on: Friday, July 18, 2003, 05:35 PM

Very Help full

From: Abdulrahman Al-Qahash
From Page: equipment.html
Posted on: Saturday, July 19, 2003, 10:10 PM

Please I would like to know the price of the scale that mentioned above, So please have you have any details send back the informnation i would be more thankful or if you have any e-mail address that i can get in touch with
My Best Regards

The prices can vary quite a bit, depending on the type of scale used. There are three main types of scale, the balance scale with an accurate set of weights is considered the best by many falconers. As long as the weights are not damaged & it is regulary checked both sides balance (there is an adjustment weight to correct small discrepancies), there is little to go wrong with it.

The traditional spring type balance with a pointer scale or the modern electronic equivalent with digital display are the other main choices. It is possible for these to give inaccurate reading over a protacted period of time, but you can purchase a few accurate weights to periodically check the accuracy.
(A list of online links was sent by e-mail, I prefer not to have commercial links on the site, but will supply them if you e-mail me)

From: corio Raptor Care
From Page: merlin.html
Posted on: Wednesday, July 23, 2003, 07:51 PM

Found your article very informative and loved the format.
Nick and Anji Henderson

From Page: snowyowl.html
Posted on: Thursday, July 24, 2003, 07:04 PM

your translation of chinese in snowy owl is incorrect. I am chinese so I can tell you that it means white cat, not white night cat. In any other way however, this page was helpful!

Thanks for your correction.
For many of the names in other languages, I try to get confirmation from more than one source, but sometimes I am limited to a single source. In those instances I will only use it if I can either find several references to it or can confirm other details in the source. In any case, I am always grateful for people correcting any mistakes.
For your information, the source I used in this case was -
Again, thanks

E-mail from Greg Pringle

In Ocober 2004, sometime after this entry appeared in my guestbook, I received an e-mail from the author of the source webpage, explaining his thoughts, with his permission the entire e-mail is repeated here.

Dear Paul,
I noticed recently that you had correspondence a year or two ago from a Chinese person who claimed that 'bai ye maozi' ('white night cat') is not the Chinese word for Snowy Owl and that the correct name is 'white cat'). In support of 'white night cat' you cited my site, as your source. However, you deleted the word 'night' from the English version of the Chinese name (although 'bai ye maozi' was left untouched -- if it were 'white cat' it should be 'bai maozi').

I would like to comment on this question. Please note that I am not a Chinese and I am therefore unable to offer native speaker comment on the matter.

The official name of the Snowy Owl in Chinese is 'xue xiao' ('snow owl'). However, this is not the popular name. I have found a number of Chinese language sites that give 'bai ye maozi' (white night cat) as the popular name for this bird. If you are able to see Chinese characters on your system, you can confirm this.
(This is a site about Snowy Owls in Harry Potter and clearly gives 'bai ye maozi', i.e., white night cat, as the name given by common people)
(This is the page about Snowy Owls on a site about birds, although for some reason the picture is that of a monkey?!)

With regard to our Chinese friend, I would not by any means say that he is wrong. 'Bai ye maozi' is above all a popular name and popular names by their very nature can vary from locality to locality. It is quite possible that 'bai maozi' (white cat) is the name used in the place where the gentleman came from. However, I have not been able to find any references on the Internet or other sources which give 'bai maozi' as a word for Snowy Owl. They all refer to cats, not owls.

As to his assertion that 'bai ye maozi' is _wrong_, I am rather doubtful. All sites I have looked at as well as dictionaries and other references give 'bai ye maozi' (white night cat) as the popular word for Snowy Owl.

There are two possible explanations:

1. Our Chinese friend is simply wrong. Knowing only 'bai maozi' from his local dialect, he doesn't realise that 'bai ye maozi' is also a valid name.

2. Our Chinese friend is right. On the face of it this doesn't seem plausible, but there is always the possibility that literate Chinese, coming across the term 'bai maozi', felt that it was wrong (white cat? - can't be!) and corrected it to 'bai ye maozi'. 'Ye maozi', of course, is a popular term for 'owl' in Chinese. All it would need is for one 'corrected version' of the popular name to gain currency and all kinds of scholars would cite it, in disregard of the popular name in actual use.

Personally I tend to 1., but as I am not a native speaker and I am dealing only in secondary sources, I cannot be 100% sure. At any rate, I think you can safely take the slash mark off 'night' in the Chinese name. It would probably be even better to give 'xue xiao' as the Chinese name and give 'bai ye maozi' as an alternative.

I hope the above is of assistance to you.
Best Regards,
Greg Pringle

From: Benjamin Waite
From Page: wtseaeagle.html
Posted on: Monday, July 28, 2003, 07:04 AM

I don't usually find a site like yours with a link for `was this page helpful' and thought I'd remark that yes indeed it was. =)
I am an American who has visited the UK off and on for the past 8 years or so--always finding something new about the place etc. I became interested in learning about sea eagles because of seeing the stuffed one at Blair Casle when I was going to school in Dalkeith. On a more recent trip I visited the Church of Scotland in Oban where there is a steel rendering (statue doesn't seem to be enough of the right word) of a presumably sea eagle. That same church also has some inbuilt memorial to a ship that sank I think in the 1910's or 20's--not sure which. Needless to say they are a rare bird and very impressive.
800 limit up Thanks for the help! Ben =)

Thanks for writing. I occassionally get a chance to get up to Oban, I've not seen the steel rendering/statue, I'll look out for it on my next visit.

From: Henry
From Page: intro_o2.html
Posted on: Monday, July 28, 2003, 07:37 PM

Really enjoyed the owls in mythology & folklore section. Thanks!

From Page: gthornedowl.html
Posted on: Tuesday, July 29, 2003, 02:43 PM

very helpful, thank you and easy to use.

From: Cathy Messina (a birder descended from people named Sparks)
From Page: sparrowhawk.html
Posted on: Tuesday, July 29, 2003, 04:51 PM

The surnames "Spark" & "Sparks" are derived from "sparrowhawk" and was given to Richard Lionheart's falconer.

Thanks for that bit of information, I've now added that to the folklore section on the sparrowhawk page.

From: jannie
From Page: intro.html
Posted on: Saturday, August 02, 2003, 10:04 PM

I hope this is the site I visited some time ago concerning picture/writing. Im sorry but I accidentally deleted your address.
If it is you then you know what Im on about. If not then please let me know that Ive got the wrong address.
The only information I can find out is that the work I was on about (makaton)is normally built into the computer. Its a "WIDGET" programme and simply called "words with pictures 2000" (or it might be "pictures with words 2000) Hope Ive got the right place and that the information is helpful. If not - I'll keep trying

Thanks for getting back to me - I'll reply by e-mail soon as I can.

From: Danielle
From Page: intro_o2.html
Posted on: Friday, August 08, 2003, 08:06 AM

I found your page while searching for owl mythology - it was a great, concise collection of interesting tidbits from a variety of cultures. Lots of food for thought, thanks!

From: Brandon Webster
From Page: guestbookfile1.html
Posted on: Saturday, August 09, 2003, 08:33 AM

Hello, I am very interested in purchasing and raising Barn Owl's here in Houston, TX. I realize that there is an abundance of state and local enforcements regulating these actions. I just wanted to speak with someone in this particular field to get the facts. I have a beautiful brown owl that frequents our tall pine tree in the front of our house, and would love to have the opportunity to raise one from youth. Please respond if you have any information on the legalities and the orginizations to purchase Owl's commom to the southen U.S.
Thank you for your attention to this mattter;

Unfortunately, I know very little about US laws on raptor (including owls) ownership.. A quick search has come up with the following two organisations based in Houston - the web links do not work, but you may be able to find phone numbers locally :
Friends Of Texas Wildlife
Wildlife Rehab & Education, Inc
There is also the Texas Hawking Association that may be able to give you relevant information.
Sorry I couldn't be of further help

From: Tony
From Page: redtail.html
Posted on: Thursday, August 14, 2003, 08:57 PM

The information you provided in this page was very helpful; probably the best I've come across yet, without exposure to an information or training manual. I'm interested in hawking and I'm in the early stages of getting started toward apprenticeship. Thanks for the info!!

From Page: places.html
Posted on: Saturday, August 16, 2003, 03:50 PM

Very nice site, i live near a falconry centre in kinross (scotland)which is great fun, they have lots of birds and enjoyable flying demonstrations if you like falconry centres then i would recomend this one. It is called the scottish raptor centre.

From: Andrew Hardy
From Page: guestbookfile1.html
Posted on: Monday, August 18, 2003, 10:02 AM

Great site and very informative, particularly on owls. We have owls regularly visiting some trees at the bottom of our garden. Think that they are tawny owls. As we live in a barn conversion and there are several others around I guess that they would have been using this as hunting ground for many years.I do not know how far they travel to get to us, could you perhaps give an indication and as they are particularly active this year and we want to continue enjoying them, would you advise erecting boxes suitable for owls in the trees.

From Page: cbuzzard.html
Posted on: Monday, August 18, 2003, 11:23 PM

Informative,well written and best source of info I have yet managed to find, thank you, Neil

From: Jane Thurlow
From Page: barnowl.html
Posted on: Monday, August 25, 2003, 11:48 PM

Your site is very interesting and informative. We have a nest of barn owls in a blocked chimney in our house in France, and the name Hissing Owl is only too true! We've had to move into another bedroom as the owlets are so noisy at night. We're not complaining, though - we're RSPB members in England and are are actually rather proud of being hosts. The question I'm looking for the answer to is whether Barn Owls are protected in France, and whether it's illegal to disturb a nest site, as it is in England. I ask because a French friend thinks we should get rid of the nest (over my dead body!!)

Unfortunately, my French is not very good, but I think it is good enough to understand that the following site indicates that the Barn Owl is protected in France.
Hope that helps & hope you keep the Barn Owls & encourage others to do so too.

From Page: intro_o.html
Posted on: Thursday, August 28, 2003, 02:01 PM


From: Robert Cooke
From Page: harris.html
Posted on: Thursday, August 28, 2003, 10:07 PM

I,am just starting and learning about hawks and falconry, I have read so many books and captions, unfortunatly I am not the best reader and soon get tied or loose interest. Your page was fine and told me what I needed to know in a "nut shell" GREAT!
Thanks Rob.

From Page: wtseaeagle.html
Posted on: Saturday, August 30, 2003, 10:04 AM

Very useful. The article settled an arguement re a crossword I compiled.

From: andy wood
From Page: eeagleowl.html
Posted on: Tuesday, September 02, 2003, 11:05 PM

BUBO-BUBO,European Eagle Owl,This Owl i seen for my first time 3 days ago at Richmond Castle,it is the most exsquisite and beautifull bird i have ever laid my eyes upon.
your web page was extremely helpfull
THANX Mr Andy Wood.
p.s. Tallons are a bit large for my liking,but beautifull eyes.

From: andy wood
From Page: threats.html
Posted on: Tuesday, September 02, 2003, 11:24 PM

your raptor threats page was extremely helpfull aswell as your Eagle owl page,i live in Darlington co.Durham,have a cemetery out the back,im 39 now,when i was a child i used to hear Tawnys all the time over there.I went 27 years without hearing one then found one last year(2002),seen it for 1 month,then it dissapeared,i have not seen it since.

when i was younger you would here one at least 5 times a week,sometimes see one twice a week,then they suddenly dissapeared,i wish i could still hear them,except for the odd one every 10 years or so passing through.

I will do my best to protect them now as i did not realise how rare they are becoming.
Andy wood again.

From Page: intro_f.html
Posted on: Saturday, September 06, 2003, 10:28 AM

I would just like to say that I do not think there are enough websites on Falcons. All I kept finding were Rugby club sites. So thank you very much. My daughter is in year 4 at school and her class is called The Falcons, and she had to find some facts on them for homework. Your site has helped her enormously.

From Page: sparrowhawk.html
Posted on: Monday, September 08, 2003, 06:26 PM

i was looking for some pictures of birds of prey,as yesterday in my back garden my family and i witnessed a bird of prey plucking and eating its kill which was a bird. We dont know exactly what it was and im still not sure? could you help me? Its description was: dark brown in colour,all its breast was white/beige in colour and was speckled. It looked like it was wearing pants to the knees haha. It lifted its tail up and did a poo!! it was all white underneath. The tail end had a kind of striped effect. Hope you can help? thank you

I've responded to this by e-mail, with comments on the possible native species (Kestrel, Hobby, Merlin, Sparrowhawk, Goshawk & Common Buzzard) with reasons for & against each. I've also suggested that an escaped (or illegally released) captive bred falconry/hunting bird/pet is a possibility (e.g. Red Tailed Hawk).
The important pieces of information that would have been of great help are the size of the bird & the situation of the garden (e.g. middle of town or backing on to open countryside). I also assumed that the garden was in the UK. So if you do ask for help, can you let me know everything that may be relevant.

From Page: intro_o.html
Posted on: Wednesday, September 10, 2003, 11:43 AM

Thank you, I found the information very interesting and helpful

From: Graham C. Vaudin.
From Page: peregrine.html
Posted on: Saturday, September 13, 2003, 04:29 PM

Brilliant site. Will speak to you later with more information.

From: Graham C. Vaudin.
From Page: intro_f.html
Posted on: Saturday, September 13, 2003, 05:46 PM

A brilliant site. Lots of very usefull information. It's a pity more sites are are not like this one. O.K. So,for me the info is mainly nothing new as I'm also into Raptors,but for the general birder this is an excellent and informative site. I'm sending you an e mail which may have a few corrections you may wish to make. If not,
I remain respectively yours,
Graham C. Vaudin.

Thanks for the comments, I look forward to receiving your e-mail, I'm always glad to receive constructive criticism & try to improve & correct the site at all times.

From: Tim Flaherty
From Page: sparrowhawk.html
Posted on: Sunday, September 14, 2003, 01:33 PM

watched a sparrow hawk take a sparrow in our very small urban garden when it had finished all that was left were a pile of feathers and the upper beak.
With your site i was able to confirm that was indeed it was a sparrow hawk
Tim Flaherty

From: I. Young
From Page: wtseaeagle.html
Posted on: Sunday, September 14, 2003, 05:10 PM

Very helpful. Better than the Oxford dictionary and the RSPB website

From Page: intro_h.html
Posted on: Friday, September 19, 2003, 01:53 AM

finaly a site that has the answer to my question on what is the difference between a hawk and an eagle! it is apparently a popular question yet ironically until now i have not been able to find any sort of solid answer. thankyou for providing this information.
keep it up!

From: Steven
From Page: cbuzzard.html
Posted on: Friday, September 19, 2003, 07:27 PM

The website is great, but why were they killed?

From: Graham C. Vaudin.
From Page: peregrine.html
Posted on: Thursday, September 25, 2003, 05:17 PM

At this date, the 25th of October 2003, I note that you have not updated information on your site, relating to the speed of the Peregrine in a stoop, using the information supplied to you by myself regarding Professor Enderson's findings.
I would appreciate it, if you were to contact me by Email to give me the reason you have not updated this information, as this is the most up to date information available.
This information has been used by David Attenborough on a recent T.V. programme relating to Peregrines.
I remain, yours sincerely,
Graham C. VAUDIN.

It is not updated because I haven't received the e-mail yet - I have had problems with Lycos just recently.

From Page: intro.html
Posted on: Saturday, September 27, 2003, 05:35 PM

This web site was not helpful at all. This website would be helpful if they would let people know what is needed for bird watching. Now my daughter will get points taken off her project becuase she could not find the materials needed for bird watching.
This website along with about 3 others has no information on bird watching. Please consider this for the next student who have this project.
Thank you.

Sorry to disappoint. While I am glad that some people find my site useful in helping their children in the school project, that is not the main aim of the site. Neither is the site about bird watching, but if you look at the bibliography section you will find that I have listed several books that are specifically about looking for & identifying birds of prey in the wild. If you had left an e-mail address, I would have replied with a list of books & other sites which may have been of help for your daughters project.

From: Pam
From Page: eeagleowl.html
Posted on: Tuesday, October 07, 2003, 04:09 AM

My 10 yr old son and his friend were having a dissagreement about the Eagle owl..Thanks to this web page,my son now has the facts to prove just how big this bird is and what it does and does not eat!

From: Greg mellers
From Page: intro_h.html
Posted on: Wednesday, October 08, 2003, 11:36 AM

Wicked site, I'm 13 and have only recently gained an interest in falconry. I find it totally amazing and wish that I could find a course near to my home for me to go to, the only one I know of is at the nbpc and I live in Huddersfield. Do you know of any courses nearer to me? If not do you know a falconry magazine I can sign on for?

thanks for you comments on your site.
I've e-mailed a reply detailing a centre I found in West Yorkshire by searching the internet, also details of The Falconers Magazine.

From Page: intro_f.html
Posted on: Friday, October 10, 2003, 01:59 AM

please try to tell us about the hunting time and how to tell the birds apart.

I'm not sure what you're asking me about the "hunting time", but you might find what you want in some of the books mentioned on the bibliography page. I do try to present a lot of information, but things like identification are available on many sites & in many books & these go into a lot of detail.
If you need further help, please e-mail me & I will do my best to direct you to where the best of help can be found.

From: Katharine Jarrold
From Page: barnowl.html
Posted on: Thursday, October 16, 2003, 07:17 PM

Useful for my Year 7 project at school Thanks

From Page: barnowl.html
Posted on: Thursday, October 23, 2003, 03:54 AM

hi ,i think u should put the adaptation of the barn owl it would of help me with my project thanks alot!

Which adaptation ??

From: cool dude
From Page: barnowl.html
Posted on: Monday, October 27, 2003, 06:46 PM

I loved it. It was wonderfull for my project

From: David Govan
From Page: guestbook2002.html
Posted on: Tuesday, October 28, 2003, 07:58 PM

I understand that the two european "sea eagles" of the genus Haliaeetus (the White-tailed and Pallas's) are called Thalassaetos ___ in Greek, but can anyone help me find the full Greek name for the Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) since it is now listed in the European guide books?

From Page: guestbookfile1.html
Posted on: Wednesday, October 29, 2003, 01:48 AM

keep off oooooooooooooooooo


From: steve
From Page: peregrine.html
Posted on: Wednesday, October 29, 2003, 01:52 AM

Observing two Peregrine Falcons in the Lake District (Black Sail Pass on a very rainy day) I couldn't help but just stay still, even though the birds were far away and I had no hope of interacting whatsoever. You may scoff and say, Fool! how can a mere mortal like you interact with a Peregrine Falcon?! I maintain that when you're near to any wild bird, they will see, hear and 'sense' your presence and you can reciprocate: wave, whistle or even contemplate anything you like; the bird will respond to your presence in a positive way.
A Robin will initially scold you, then come for a closer look. A Starling will observe you very closely from a distance and when it thinks you're gone, look for any food you've left for it! etc etc...
I'd love to know what a Peregrine Falcon would do if I could explain DDT??

From: no
From Page: intro.html
Posted on: Friday, October 31, 2003, 04:50 AM

I need help with starfish

I can only help if you give me a valid e-mail address.

From: Peter Smith
From Page: intro.html
Posted on: Saturday, November 01, 2003, 11:04 PM

I've been interested in keeping a bird of prey, but won't get one until I know enough to decide whether it is sensible, what is needed on a day to day basis, and what is acceptable housing, nutrition, exercise etc. Therefore I have enrolled on a course in Raptor Husbandry with Jane and Dean Hemingway (Broadwings and Raptor Rescue)held at Reaseheath College in Cheshire.
Your website is a great help, good explanations, jargon free, good range of information. As with other respondents, it's helping me with an assignment.
I came across one of your pages via a search engine, but did'nt find it easy to get to your home page - there were only links to other description pages, no banner etc. Nevertheless, the quality of the site meant I was willing to persevere.
Thank you for this site, greatly appreciated.

I've replied by e-mail requesting further information. If anyone does have problems accessing pages, if they can give full details of browsers/search engines used, etc. it would be of help.

From Page: intro_o2.html
Posted on: Sunday, November 02, 2003, 07:48 PM

this was not have to put more owls

Any in particular ??

From: peter roberts
From Page: harris.html
Posted on: Sunday, November 02, 2003, 11:14 PM

hi paul
im a virgin hawker, always had an interest in ornithology and rpators in particular. soon to move to somerset and consdiering having a pair of harris' hawks to hunt with. this info really useful, thank you.
any tips or advice?

I've replied by e-mail, basically saying get as much first hand experience as possible. Maybe help out at a local falconry centre. Whatever, make sure that the sport is the right sport before you, before you buy a bird of your own.

From: Heather Rea
From Page: harris.html
Posted on: Tuesday, November 04, 2003, 12:21 AM

exactly what we wanted,thank you.

From: Mieke Tennant
From Page: redkite.html
Posted on: Tuesday, November 04, 2003, 02:31 PM

Thanks for the info about the red kite. We haven't lived in this country very long (moved here from Holland), and I wanted to know if these raptors are also protected here. We have two, maybe even three red kites flying around here, but after the start of the hunting season I've only seen one. And before I approach the gamekeeper I wanted to make sure I was right about them being protected birds.
Do you know what can I do if I find out they're shooting at them? Thanks!

Yes, they are protected. On the Bibliography/Links page, you will find a link to the DETR site regarding wildlife crime.
It is a criminal offence to kill Red Kites in the UK, so you could inform the police. The RSPB may also be able to give you further advice or possibly a specialist organisation, such as The Welsh Kite Trust, may be able to give you contact information for your particular area of the country.

From: Ben Green
From Page: intro_f.html
Posted on: Thursday, November 06, 2003, 03:09 AM

Really nice site, lots of good information. You went into lots of depth about how thinghs were classified though, and not why. Why are Ospreys off on their own? Are there fundamental differences? These are just tiny nitpicks, anyway, your site has helped a lot with my knowledge.
Also, 1 typo... In the third paragraph, of intro_f.html,
To catch their prey, falcons rely on several strategy, including...
should be
To catch their prey, falcons rely on several strategies, including...

Thanks for the comments - I'll try & find out about the ospreys, but I guess there are fundamental differences as far as taxonomists are concerned.
The typo has been corrected, thanks for pointing it out.

From: chad
From Page: intro_f.html
Posted on: Thursday, November 06, 2003, 10:49 PM

I haven't seen or read everything here yet, but so far so good. New at the Falcon, i do want one someday.Training locations or sites would be helpful. But im not sure if there here or notyet.

From: chad
From Page: peregrine.html
Posted on: Thursday, November 06, 2003, 11:11 PM

yes, this page very helpful.

From: Stewart Simpson
From Page: cbuzzard.html
Posted on: Sunday, November 09, 2003, 08:15 PM

I have not long purchased a small wood of 12 acres near KilKreggan on the west coast of Scotland . There is a large nesting hawk in the wood and i have been informed by a bird watching friend that it is a Buzzard , Knowing absolutely nothing about Buzzards or any birds for that matter i logged onto your site to gain a bit of insight. I was at the wood today and saw 2 of them flying about , could this be a mating pair or a bird and its maturing chick ? Will they return to the nest that they have built in the bottem of the wood or fly away ? hope this isnt too long

Replied by e-mail.
Basically, they are likely to be able to look after themselves unless it is a particularly bad winter.

From: Sion Owain Jones
From Page: guestbookfile1.html
Posted on: Wednesday, November 12, 2003, 08:57 AM

White tailed sea eagle
Great site and very informative and not too long winded and 'waffly'!!
One small correction: in the welsh translation you note down that mor eryr is 'big eagle'(which is the explanation given by John Love in his excellent book The Return of the Sea Eagle) The correct translation is sea eagle; môr - meaning sea.
I'll be referring to this site every time I have a queery about a raptor
Sion (pronounced Sean)

Thanks for the correction.

From: Debbie Lang
From Page: intro_h2.html
Posted on: Wednesday, November 12, 2003, 04:44 PM

I saw a hawk in my backyard this morning and wanted to look up the symbolism. I live in a subdivision in Slidell, Louisiana (see and although the surrounding areas are wooded, I live in a large subdivision and had never seen this type of bird in this area before. Thanks for your page. It was helpful.

From: Robbie Whytock
From Page: intro_h.html
Posted on: Sunday, November 16, 2003, 12:54 PM

Interesting site, i'm actually looking for a taxonomic key on diurnal raptors, but cannot seem to find one. I do have the book "Eagles, Hawks and Falcons of The World", however i feel it is now somewhat out of date. I would be interested to hear if you know of any more literature that may be of use.
Robbie Whytock

The most comprehensive & up-to-date (published 2001) I currently use is "Raptors Of The World".

From Page: ggreyowl.html
Posted on: Wednesday, November 19, 2003, 01:06 AM

yes thank you so much

From Page: wtseaeagle.html
Posted on: Wednesday, November 19, 2003, 07:36 PM

You helped me with a powerpoint on eagles.

From: alison hadley
From Page: cbuzzard.html
Posted on: Friday, November 21, 2003, 09:47 AM

I did indeed find your site interesting. My interest with the buzzard has heightened recently due to the fact that for several weeks now I have noticed a large number of buzzards on the ground in a ploughed field near to where I live. I stopped my car on the way home one day and counted 15 buzzards. Do you find this unusual? I live in the Vale of Glamorgan with fields surrounding my home and a great view where I love to watch the wildlife.

It does sound quite unusual, especially if it is happens regularly. Common buzzards tend to either be seen singly or in pairs. The only references I can find to them being seen in larger groups is during migration, though the UK resident buzzards don't tend to be migratory.
Having said that, I have discovered that there is a word to describe a group of buzzards - a wake.

From Page: threats.html
Posted on: Monday, November 24, 2003, 12:21 AM

This information greatly helped me on a School Project on Kestrels and Limiting Factors to their population. Thanks for having this information in an easily readable form and just for having this on the internet it has really helped me with my notes.

From: Marc
From Page: intro_h2.html
Posted on: Thursday, December 04, 2003, 04:00 AM

Thanks for the info, it was more than enough. I had to write a paper and associate the relavance of an eagle that was on the headress of a piece of a marble sculpture I viewed.

From: Steven Wood
From Page: eeagleowl.html
Posted on: Tuesday, December 09, 2003, 05:26 PM

please show more images of bubo bubo. I own this bird and it would be interesting to compare it with other images.

I really don't want the website to become another photo gallery for birds of prey. I am aiming to limit the site to one image per species.
If you have any specific requirements, e-mail me & I may be able to help, either with copies of my own photo's or links to other sites.

From: Andy Phillips
From Page: guestbookfile1.html
Posted on: Friday, December 12, 2003, 09:29 PM

please could you give me some tips on flying my bengal owl at night in open fields

I've responded by e-mail, giving my detailed views.

From: Ben Pennington
From Page: harris.html
Posted on: Sunday, December 21, 2003, 10:38 AM

I am a police press officer in Essex. I am trying to generate media interest in a missing Harris Hawk which has been lost by a private collector, and need a typical image. Would it be possible to use the photograph from this site?
Many thanks for your time.

I've e-mailed Ben to let him know that this is acceptable.
To anyone else, I've got no problems with this type of usage of my photo's, please ask first though - I may also have higher resolution copies or more pictures. But please note, that I do not consider myself a photo gallery & as mentioned earlier, I want to limit the site to one image per species.

From Page: intro_h2.html
Posted on: Sunday, December 28, 2003, 12:43 AM

Eryri is not the ancient name for Snowdonia, it is the Welsh name for it, and although welsh is an anchient language, it is still an actively spoken language! You make it sound like nobody speaks the language anymore.

With due apologies to Welsh speakers, this has now been corrected to present tense.

From: dawn
From Page: cbuzzard.html
Posted on: Wednesday, December 31, 2003, 11:21 AM

i am currently studing animal care at college and doing an assenment on breeding habits of birds of prey as on the farm were i live there is a population if common buzzards i choose them the info you have about breeding was very helpful thank you

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