Comments Archive 2004

From: alex
From Page: intro.html
Posted on: Saturday, January 03, 2004, 03:55 PM

this page was very helpfull

From: Cathy Tredgett
From Page: intro_h2.html
Posted on: Saturday, January 10, 2004, 12:07 AM

Your site is very useful. I dreamt about a brown eagle with a white head and couldn't locate it until I found your site which was happily connected with associated folklore and mythology! I now feel that the bird in my dream was a bald headed eagle and I must have looked at many bird orientated sites before discovering this,thanks!

From: Besarta
From Page: intro_o.html
Posted on: Thursday, January 15, 2004, 09:39 PM

I liked it,but I needed to know about ear tuffs what they are used for and why they have them.this is for owls,so if you can find me some information about this.

It's thought that the ear tufts have two main purposes.
Communication. A bit like dogs ears they can convey the mood of the bird - when pricked up they are happy & alert. When laid back they are unhappy & aggressive.
Camouflage. When roosting, the smooth outline of the head stands out clearly - the ear tufts help break up the outline & enable the bird to remain better hidden.

From Page: intro.html
Posted on: Tuesday, January 20, 2004, 02:11 PM

What a helpful site you have created. I used it to introduce raptors to my science class. You give a thorough explanation.

From: Sharon O'Neil
From Page: wtseaeagle.html
Posted on: Friday, January 23, 2004, 02:08 PM

Hello, I am researching material for a film script in which the white tailed sea eagle will feature. I was interested in your comments about the attempt at reintrodution of the species in the 1950's and the fate of the three birds, particularly the one whose fate is unknown.
I would be very grateful if you could advise me on your source for this information and how I may find out more.
Thank you.

Original source was Eagles. I've also passed on further info from Edinburgh Zoo.

From: danelle
From Page: guestbookfile1.html
Posted on: Friday, January 23, 2004, 06:09 PM

you have gracefully passed on a wealth of knowledge that, hopefully, will be as appreciated by the students i'm teaching as it has been by me.

From: sandra
From Page: littleowl.html
Posted on: Monday, January 26, 2004, 12:43 AM


You could try being polite & asking if I can help.

From Page: intro_h.html
Posted on: Friday, January 30, 2004, 04:31 PM

Thank you for your information. It will help to explain this to my grandson. (I told him that size made the difference, for the most part, in distinguishing between eagles and hawks.) I knew it had to be more than that.

From: Roy Mace
From Page: kestrel.html
Posted on: Saturday, January 31, 2004, 07:33 PM

Hello ,
Great website and very informative i have enjoyed looking through your pages and have learned a thing or two
A Kestrel in German is a Turm Falke this directly translated does mean Tower falcon
I hope this was of use
Roy Mace

From: matthew hoffman
From Page: barnowl.html
Posted on: Monday, February 02, 2004, 08:09 PM

You have all the accurate basic barn owl facts here.
I am a under grad in Ca doing a senior project on barn olws and rodent control and have done conciderabe review of the literature. What you have here that i have not come across yet is a good list of alternate and forin names.
Matt Hoffman

From: no
From Page: goldeneagle.html
Posted on: Wednesday, February 04, 2004, 09:02 AM


Short & to the point. All I can say is that I always do my best to answer any queries as promptly as I can.

From Page: intro.html
Posted on: Thursday, February 05, 2004, 06:30 PM

it was crap because you didn't talk about swallows migrating from the UK

I guess it may have some relevance, as a prey species.
The UK raptor most commonly preying upon swallows is the Hobby. At the moment, I cannot find any references relating specifically to Hobbys & the migration of swallows. I will look into it.

From: ian
From Page: guestbookfile1.html
Posted on: Tuesday, February 10, 2004, 05:28 AM

would a white-tailed eagle prey on an otter(supposing it could catch one)?

There are reports of them taking otters, as well as stealing prey from otters.

From: Joyce Taylor
From Page: wtseaeagle.html
Posted on: Friday, February 20, 2004, 03:01 PM

Very interesting reading. I enjoyed the name of the sea eagle in other countries. Also superb picture.
Thank you.

From: jeff
From Page: sparrowhawk.html
Posted on: Friday, February 20, 2004, 08:23 PM

Wicked site very helpful,i,m looking for any info or links on sparrowhawks.Anything would be helpful.

Replied with a list of site from Google found using 'sparrowhawk "accipiter nisus"', by e-mail.

From: Ellie Archer
From Page: goldeneagle.html
Posted on: Sunday, February 22, 2004, 03:29 AM

I am researching the Golden Eagle. Could you please answer a few questions. In B.C. the G.E. is classified as "reginal concern." Is it legal to shot it still? If not what is the penalty? How many are on Vancouver Island? Do they mate for life? Do they nest in the same nest each year? What is their number one threat to survival? thank you so much for your time...

Replied by e-mail.

From Page: harris.html
Posted on: Sunday, February 22, 2004, 08:51 PM


From: Margaret Skeel
From Page: osprey.html
Posted on: Thursday, February 26, 2004, 09:27 PM

Hi. I am a wildlife carer in Australia. i own a large tract of land where peregrin falcons and Crested Hawks regularly breed. I am currently studying designs for raptor flight facilities and hope to build one soon. I have reared a boobook owl and cared for a Crested Hawk and an Osprey plus rescued/rehabilitated several other hawks and owls.
I found your site when i put raptors into google... the first seven sites had to do with some sporting club and then there you were! I have really enjoyed your site. I have a little site with pics of my boobook owl and Baza the crested hawk, if you are interested:
Cheers from Down Under,

From Page: gthornedowl.html
Posted on: Friday, February 27, 2004, 09:54 PM

exceptional work ... exactly what i needed to find .....thank you thank you
In Loving Spirit

From: steve
From Page: speagleowl.html
Posted on: Saturday, February 28, 2004, 10:03 PM

This page was very helpfull.
I have a pair of african eagle owls but am having a problem getting them to breed.I have them in an avery 8ft by 12ft with a nesting area of 4ft by 8ft.
If you could give me any advice on this i would be greatfull.
Thank Steve.

Sorry I can't be of much help in giving advice on getting your owls to breed. My interest lies mainly in rescue & rehabilitation, rather than breeding.
All I can say is that the owls I have been involved with that have successfully bred have had much smaller nest boxes - but I can't really say if that is something which helped them to breed.
All I can suggest is to look at various books such as Jemima Parry-Jones "Understanding Owls" or contacting owl/falconry centres/clubs that may have an interest in breeding.
Sorry I could be of more help.

From: Chris Masterson
From Page: places.html
Posted on: Sunday, February 29, 2004, 11:05 PM

This is just a note to update you and let you know that Bathgate birds of Prey no longer are in operation from the Kelburn Country Centre. It is now myself and partner Allan Jenkinson running this venue, aptly named Kelburn Falconry Centre.
Thank you.

Thanks, I'll update the site as soon as possible.

From: john gray
From Page: guestbookfile1.html
Posted on: Tuesday, March 02, 2004, 05:19 AM

Great page, I love raptors and have rehabilitated hundred here in asia please look at my photo for more info

From: tom
From Page: intro_o2.html
Posted on: Wednesday, March 03, 2004, 04:50 AM

This article was a little helpfull. i still am confused as to what i should realy believe when i do actually see an owl?. If you could it would be very helpfull to help me try and make sense of this siting.
Thanks Tom.

I'm not exactly sure about what you mean - if you could let me know, I'll do my best to help.

From Page: intro_h2.html
Posted on: Wednesday, March 03, 2004, 12:51 PM

Very good, useful
thank you

From: Diana Emmons
From Page: intro_o.html
Posted on: Thursday, March 04, 2004, 05:00 AM

I am looking for facts on how many rodents owls eat, basically there value as a predator. I am trying to convence farmers to put up owl boxes.
thanks diana

Replied by e-mail with info from Owls of Europe by Heimo Mikkola.

From: George Martin Leen
From Page: beagleowl.html
Posted on: Sunday, March 07, 2004, 03:17 PM

Yes i found the article profoundly useful.
I am working as a Tram Commentator in the Night Safari, Singapore and from time to time i surf and read books to get more information on the animals that i talk about to the visitors who board my tram.
Thus it's of utmost importance that i facts are accurate as who knows my guests range from school children, to botanist, conservationists, animal experts and others from all over the world. So i found your info accurate and informative.
Thank You and keep us the good work.

From: Michael Jordan
From Page: redtail.html
Posted on: Sunday, March 07, 2004, 06:55 PM

Hi I found it very imformitive and interesting. i am looking for information on the red tailed Hawk captive bread and how it would adapt to a new keeper (new to B of P and falconry) ie handling a bird that as been bred as a hunter? Female 4 old hunts at 2lb 8oz,and is feather perfect. how to look after,correct size of avery,cost to keep in yearly terms,trainig. The reason I want this infomation is that I have been offerd one and fear that it may go to the wrong home where it is just a novelty. I have keept and bred a variety of captive reared snakes and reptiles in the past such as Python regius-Royal python or Ball python,and many of the "BIG" snakes Boa constrictor burmese pythons (albino) Reticulated python all 6ft-13ft over the last 20 years.I live in the north west can you help paul thanks

Replied by e-mail - repeating my advice of getting as much experience as possible before obtaining a bird.

From: Christopher wenisch
From Page: intro_h.html
Posted on: Thursday, March 11, 2004, 03:27 PM

i am serious about falconry i have a avary to house a buzzard BUT i do not have any idea where to find equiptment for a bird of prey can you help me

Replied by e-mail.

From Page: intro_o2.html
Posted on: Monday, March 15, 2004, 05:17 AM

got all the answers I needed. Everything worked for me. Thank You for posting this infomation to the public via the WWW.

From: Stella
From Page: eeagleowl.html
Posted on: Monday, March 15, 2004, 06:55 PM

Hi, Do you know the Grand Duc d'Europe has a particularly raspy sounding breathing and a somewhat human like shuffling walk? I'm trying to check on a story told to me by my mother. Thanks, Stella
PS: I think you have a great site.

Sometimes the walk does look a bit like a human shuffling, but I've never noticed the raspy breathing.

From: Ciorstan Templeton
From Page: speagleowl.html
Posted on: Friday, March 26, 2004, 04:15 PM

I was skimming through looking for things about owl diet, but I couldn't see whether you had diet on this page. To make it easier for me and others could you mabey put headlines in?Thanks

I'll have a look at doing that in the near future.

From Page: goshawk.html
Posted on: Saturday, March 27, 2004, 05:03 AM

the name is goshawk, not goose hawk. It is short for gosling hawk. A gosling is a goose, but it is baby goose. Thus, gosling hawk, shortened to goshawk. Other than that, pretty nice.

All the sources I can find refer to the goshawk having been called a "goose-hawk". The Old English spelling was often "gos" or "gose". A similar spelling is seen in place names such as Gosford, spelt as Goseford in the Domeday book & in later times shortened to Gosford. The sources I can find refer to the same shortening from the Old English "gosehawk" to the currently used "goshawk". According to one source, the word "gosling" for a young goose, rather than "goosling" came about in the same way.

From: annie tran
From Page: redtail.html
Posted on: Saturday, March 27, 2004, 07:14 PM

very good.

From: jamie hines
From Page: guestbookfile1.html
Posted on: Sunday, March 28, 2004, 10:15 PM

i surfed threw this ste again and it is still the best site on the net!

From: Vince Pinault
From Page: kestrel.html
Posted on: Thursday, April 01, 2004, 02:20 AM

I am currently working in northern Iraq with the US Army. I am rehabilitating a female kestrel that was found in December. She had been injured in a fight with another kestrel. With the help of raptor rescuers around the world, she is almost ready to be released. Your site is very informative and will help me get her on the right track. There are at least three pair nesting in this area, and I understand that a good time to release her is when the young are first flying. If you have any suggestions on re-training her to hunt, they would be very helpful. Thank you, Vince Pinault

If the bird were previously hunting successfully (I would expect a young kestrel to be independant by December), then it really shouldn't need training prior to release.

From Page: redtail.html
Posted on: Friday, April 02, 2004, 06:10 PM

I'm doing a short report on Red-Tails, and your information was very helpful.. but where in the US do the Red-Tails live?

Throughout the entire of the US, in rural, desert & urban areas. There have even been reports of Red-Tails nesting in New York, hunting in Central Park.

From: Catalin Constantinescu
From Page: wtseaeagle.html
Posted on: Tuesday, April 06, 2004, 12:25 PM

Dear Sir,
I represent a tour operator agency, Eurodelta Travel, specialized in providing eco-tourism services in the Danube Delta,Romania. We have a large experience with birdwatching groups, so we are able to offer to you and your colleagues and friends high quality services at competitive prices. In the Danube Delta you will find more than 300 bird species, including raptors as the white - tailed eagle. Our assets and programs can be found on our web site, If you are interested in our offer, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Best regards,
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From: lise
From Page: eeagleowl.html
Posted on: Wednesday, April 07, 2004, 02:18 PM

When seeking information on a specific owl, it is often difficult to find enough details so your site is very interesting and most helpful.
I would be very interested in any specific information (or websites) concerning Eagle Owls in captivity and their requirements. (Not birds for rehabilitation in the wild).
Might I also add that I think certain people have a very small mentality to make such public comments when they don't find the answers they are looking for!

From: Kim
From Page: beagleowl.html
Posted on: Thursday, April 08, 2004, 04:54 PM

Page very helpful thank you.
I was looking for someone (anyone) whom I might contact with a view to obtaining or buying a feryile egg or young chick for my Bengal Eagle Owl who is sitting on a clutch of infertile eggs at the moment.
A friend has suggested that I put an egg or chick under her to keep her happy and she may then be able to foster.
She's so proud of herself at the moment it would be wonderful (for her) to think she's produced little 'un.
Any suggestions you may have would be most welcome.
I should state here that she was captive bred, I am her third home and she's been with me for 13 of her 15 years. I wouldn't part with her for the world.
Thank you for your time.
Sincerely Kim Lathaen (Ms)

Sorry, I can't help with this type of request.

From: Ollie
From Page: guestbookfile1.html
Posted on: Friday, April 09, 2004, 02:11 AM

This is the best raptor site i've found so far, thanks Paul.
I'm moving to the countryside and i'm going to have a huge garden and surrounding fields, i have decided to get a common buzzard since they seem the most affordable and easy to maintain raptor around.
I am finding it hard to find a place to buy my new family member however and all help would be appreciated.
Also my uncle used to own a buzzard and an owl an kept them on perches in the garden under a small roof, about the size of a kennel. Is this an appropriate way to house the bird?

This also came by e-mail, so I posted my reply that way. Basically, I suggested the books in the falconry section of the bibliography page for advice on housing & to try and get as much experience & advice from falconry centres & other bird owners as possible prior to getting the bird. Also locate the nearest vet able & willing to treat raptors.

From Page: goshawk.html
Posted on: Monday, April 12, 2004, 04:48 AM

The name Goshawk is not short or a corruption of goose hawk. It is just a shortened version of gosling hawk. A gosling is a baby duck.

You've already told me this once & I've given an answer to your comments is above.

From: jim
From Page: threats.html
Posted on: Wednesday, April 14, 2004, 01:54 PM

I am studying for my falconry exam and I am reading everything I can to get ready for the test. I found your site very informative. Have you seen the american apprentice site? The link is I think that a post from you, when possible would be very helpful to those of us getting ready to take the test.

From: Chris wade
From Page: sparrowhawk.html
Posted on: Wednesday, April 14, 2004, 07:25 PM

Very helpful, thx.

From: Sylvia Lipscomb
From Page: wtseaeagle.html
Posted on: Thursday, April 15, 2004, 06:29 PM


From: Jessica
From Page: intro_h2.html
Posted on: Friday, April 16, 2004, 05:43 AM

Thank you this was the first site I visited regarding eagles mythology and I don't need to go any further with my search.

From: Pam Clatworthy
From Page: barnowl.html
Posted on: Monday, April 26, 2004, 09:41 PM

Thank you- very helpful I wanted a name for a gang of women smugglers- and Dame Blanche is perfect.

From Page: intro_o.html
Posted on: Wednesday, April 28, 2004, 01:09 AM

Hi, Um i was using your site for my science project and i found it very helpful, but i noticed that you said the right ear is higher than the left. Well i went looking around and most sights said that the left hear is higher than the left. I dont meen to be rude but i just thought you should know.

Thanks for your comments, I've reviewed my source & found that there is some variation between different books & sites. I found some descriptions that say that in all owls the left ear is higher than the right, also I found descriptions where it is the other way round. I also found species specific descriptions that say in Barn Owls the left is higher than the right and in Great Gray Owls & Northern Barred Owls (Strix varia) the right is higher than the left.

I have updated the page accordingly.

From Page: intro_f.html
Posted on: Sunday, May 02, 2004, 07:10 PM

the site suck we allready know about caracas and falconidae we just want to know one buy one the family members and there hoto,infos.

From: Renton
From Page: mharrier.html
Posted on: Monday, May 03, 2004, 07:01 PM

A very good imformative site. However, I don't see anything on Hen Harriers (Circus cyaneus). Pity to leave them out!

I do have plans to cover over species, particularly those found in the UK. I can't guarantee when I'm going to be able to get around to it though.

From Page: threats.html
Posted on: Tuesday, May 04, 2004, 01:43 AM

The site was great. By the way the picture of the Verreaux' Eagle is really good.

From: emily
From Page: places.html
Posted on: Tuesday, May 04, 2004, 01:29 PM

Hi Paul. 4/5/4
I found your information on buzzards very interesting! They're a fantastic bird! I've been keeping an eye on the buzzards around my home for a few years now, and they seem to be gradually increasing and spreading out, which is brilliant! I've been to the hawk conservancy in andover, thought it was fantastic. I was a keeper at Birdworld , and although I'm in another job now, I'm still thinking of getting into working with birds of prey one day.
I like the layout of your site. Its very straight forward, but full of information. I found it by doing a buzzard search on google. I was excited because I've just seen a buzzard being mobbed by a crow over Aldershot!! I hadnt realised they'd moved over this far!!
Have a great day!

From: janice redden
From Page: snowyowl.html
Posted on: Wednesday, May 05, 2004, 10:00 PM

it was very interesting reading about the snowy owl
as we keep birdsof prey i am naturally interested and a friend has a pair of snowy owls so this info will benefit him also

From: Jennie
From Page: cbuzzard.html
Posted on: Sunday, May 09, 2004, 12:47 PM

Yes, it certainly was useful. I'm passionately fond of all raptors especially Buzzards. I know they're common but I still get a 'high' when I see a pair soaring lazily around the sky.
Thank you for putting the size of wings etc. few books do now and it does help - adding the old country names is a lovely bonus. (very handy for devious quiz masters!)
Would it be possible at a later date to add the Honey Buzzard as I'm almost certain I see one June-September, occasionally 'sparring' with a Common Buzzard, but I need a detailed description of both in the air to be sure?
Thank you.

As I said above, I do have plans to cover over species, particularly those found in the UK. I'll try & hunt out some information for you in the meantime - unfortunately I do not have a photograh of a Honey Buzzard though.

From: a student
From Page: goshawk.html
Posted on: Sunday, May 09, 2004, 08:54 PM

Thank you so much for your site! I really needed some good information on goshawks, all I could find was very general information. Your site really helped me write my report! Thanks!

From: hawk costlow
From Page: terms.html
Posted on: Monday, May 10, 2004, 02:13 AM

thank you for the great page about the wonderful red tail.i am a falconer who loves the 'tail even after flying a number of other birds!

From Page: Unknown Last Page
Posted on: Monday, May 10, 2004, 08:09 PM

very helpful. thanx!

From: tony little
From Page: Unknown Last Page
Posted on: Friday, May 14, 2004, 10:44 PM

i have a house in france, i chased it out of the chimmey. i have build a box , off the net . is it territotrial ? will it nest in my box?.........tony..

Oops, I messed up the guest book form, so it didn't tell me the page you were looking at (it's fixed now).
So I don't know what bird you were looking at & you didn't leave an e-mail address - add another entry or e-mail me & I will do my best to help.

From: len
From Page: guestbookfile1.html
Posted on: Sunday, May 16, 2004, 10:47 AM

Hi my name is Len , and i live in Northumberland\ U.K. Well i intend to buy a pair of Eagle Owls (Bubo-bubo) but i would like to buy 4-5 week old chicks , as i want to tame and handle them from a early age.
But dont know any Very good Breeders ! and is there any good sites on the net regarding training of Eagle Owls ect , So if any one can HELP me , i would be very gratfull .

my e-mail is

many thanks Len

I occassionally get requests like this, so I'm giving my full reply that I e-mailed Len.

I'm afraid I cannot give advice on obtaining birds & would only consider doing so if I personally knew the person.
What I would recommend is that you find out as much as you possibly can before you get the birds. The internet is definitely not the best place to look for advice. Buying the birds & then trying to learn is definitely not the way to go.
There are plenty of books available, see my bibliography page. The books by Jemima Parry-Jones are very good but there are others, reading as many as possible by different authors will give a better insight. The books might not be cheap, but if you are not prepared to make that investment, then you really should reconsider buying the owls.
I would also recommend find a local raptor centre & spending time there as a volunteer to find out about what is involved in looking after these birds.
You must also consider the care of the birds in the event they become ill, find out about local vets who are prepared to treat them & preferably have experience in treating them.
Consider the fact that European Eagle Owls are very long lived, the well-used phrase the "A dog is not for Christmas, it is for life" could be adapted to "A Eagle Owl is not for Christmas, it is for life & your childrens life". If well kept, they can live for between 45-60 yrs in captivity.
My apologies if you know this already, but as I the rescue centre where I do voluntary work has a large number of European Eagle Owls, from people who have bought them & got tired of them, found they are too much effort to look after, died & their family didn't want to carry on looking after them. They are big, impressive birds but if you haven't got the time & commitment to fully looking after them, then I would advise against buying them.

From Page: intro_h2.html
Posted on: Monday, May 17, 2004, 12:35 AM

This paper helped me a lot because it gave me a lot of good information. I had to write a term paper and this page really emphasized what i needed to know on the eagle, its mythology, theology, and some biology. thanks very much!

From: dj
From Page: intro_v.html
Posted on: Wednesday, May 19, 2004, 10:22 PM

no it was not helpful

And neither was the comment, if you let me know why it wasn't helpful, I'll try to either update the page or contact you via e-mail if I can find the appropriate information.

From Page: kestrel.html
Posted on: Thursday, May 20, 2004, 09:34 PM

i like

From Page: speagleowl.html
Posted on: Sunday, May 23, 2004, 05:45 PM

this page was ver hepful for my project but i think you should out a little bit more info.that would be even n=more helpful

Such as ?????, please help me, let me know exactly what sort of information you require.

From: Liz
From Page: eeagleowl.html
Posted on: Thursday, May 27, 2004, 07:16 PM

A friend saw an eagle owl yesterday in a tree near his home. An article and photo appeared in the local paper today about an eagle owl in a neighbouring town (presumably the same one) saying there are several breeding pairs in the UK.. I didn't think they were native but your website has proved me wrong!

From Page: kestrel.html
Posted on: Friday, May 28, 2004, 07:13 PM

This page provided some information about the bird, but it did not provide the information implied, which was, how to get started in this sport and what is required in attaining such a bird or others like it.

I'm not sure where you thought there was information implying that I would give information on starting falconry or obtaining birds. My apologies if it was from anything I have written, but that its definitely not my intention.
If you read my replies to other people in the guestbook, you will see that my advice on starting falconry is to get as much information as possible. Buy & read books, go on falconry courses, work as a volunteer at a raptor centre, find your local falconry club & talk to members. If you are not based in the UK, there maybe national (or state) laws that are applicable.
As a volunteer at a rescue centre, I get to see too many birds that have been bought by people who haven't taken that advice, I also get to hear about birds that have died because of the same reason. If you are not prepared to spend money on educating yourself initially, then it is not a sport that you should take up, trying to get information for free via the internet is definitely not the best way to go.
I will add one word of advice, I see you came to the gustbook from the Kestrel page - if you are a beginner, this is definitely not the bird that you should get. A small bird is very easily killed by someone with insufficient knowledge - they are an experts bird.

From: Cesc
From Page: sparrowhawk.html
Posted on: Saturday, May 29, 2004, 11:25 AM

Fine! I've found information about Hawks, when I was looking after its spanish name (Gavilán)... and I've solved my doubt about which bird exactly it was.

From: Sarah
From Page: equipment.html
Posted on: Wednesday, June 02, 2004, 10:15 PM

I think this is a great site and very healpful. The only thing that would be more helpful, and I would suggest, is that you put pictures of a Falcon with the equiptment on from start to finish.

I'm not excatly sure what you mean, if you could e-mail me & explain, I'll see what I can do.

From: Pinelapi Wavrabos
From Page: eeagleowl.html
Posted on: Thursday, June 03, 2004, 05:25 PM

This website was very helpful for me because it helped me alot in Everything it geve me Alot of information. May god bless everyone out there and again thank you!!!! i still need more information about the scientific classifications! Sincerely,
Pinelapi Wavrabos

Again, if you could e-mail me & explain, I'll see what I can do.

From: Rbt.
From Page: hobby.html
Posted on: Wednesday, June 09, 2004, 10:17 PM


From: HM
From Page: intro_h2.html
Posted on: Thursday, June 17, 2004, 04:53 PM

Very useful as I was trying to find some data about Hawk Mythology. Our daughter is marrying under a tree with nesting hawks and we just wanted something to say!
We can now aslib something!

I believe this person is based in the USA, to anyone in the UK, please note that it can be an offence to disturb nesting sites of raptors, even just going close to have a look.
Other than that, I wish your daughter all the best.

From: Dusty Griffiths
From Page: goldeneagle.html
Posted on: Wednesday, June 23, 2004, 01:12 AM

Your site is great, I was trying to find the stoop speed of the Golden Eagle. I have seen both Goldens and peregrines stoop & have always felt the Golden was as fast fi not faster. We have a pair of Gpldens that are nesting within 1/4 mile of us & spend time in the pecan tree in our backyard. We live in deep woods with few people around. Thanks for a great site,

You're right that the Golden Eagle is very fast in a stoop, I can't find any verified speeds, but some estimated speeds are 150-200mph, around the same as for peregrines.

From: Shannen
From Page: beagleowl.html
Posted on: Wednesday, June 23, 2004, 06:20 PM

I was finding research for my friend on owls and it was very helpful especially the french name i found. so good luck in the future with this page

From: Robin Godbeer
From Page: harris.html
Posted on: Thursday, June 24, 2004, 04:08 PM

Very useful site indeed! I am currently designing the falconry info signs for the Dartmoor Wildlife Park near Plymouth in Devon, United Kingdom and this is the most info I have managed to obtain from any single site, keep up the good work!
PS the only real improvement would be a geographical map of the range of the bird (not that I want it all easy of course!!)

From: Maryna
From Page: secretary.html
Posted on: Sunday, June 27, 2004, 06:25 PM

hey just wanne say thanx,im a student,studing for gameranging and lodgemanagement in's very doing a project on it. thanx again
ps: what im actually looking for is, the breeding season of the secretary bird. but ill prob find it somewhere. thanx

From Page: eeagleowl.html
Posted on: Thursday, July 01, 2004, 09:36 PM

hi, i found you site through a search engine when asked for information on the eurasion eagle owl. i found your site very helpful and informativ. many thanks

From: Kathy
From Page: fbuzzard.html
Posted on: Saturday, July 03, 2004, 01:19 PM

I am searching for info having been offered a male Ferruginous. Your site was interesting but like many in my position, I am anxious to know more about the birds suitability as a flying companion. There is speculation as to temperament, males as with all raptors being more tractable, but more info on such characteristics is practically unavailable on the Net. You could help us by extending your range of info on the site to include more on the Ferruginous personality.

From Page: intro_o2.html
Posted on: Saturday, July 17, 2004, 12:31 PM


From: Sinnaan
From Page: intro_o2.html
Posted on: Sunday, July 18, 2004, 03:51 AM

Thank you for taking the trouble to build this site.
I was researching owls and omens when I came upon it. We have encountered an Elf Owl on the property. We were coming up the path when an owl came flying out of the trees and landed on a fence post not 2 feet from my husband and I. The little one watched us and we watched him it turned its head kind a upside down and then flew off.

From: Andy
From Page: equipment.html
Posted on: Thursday, July 29, 2004, 10:51 PM

I found your site to be very helpfull in the equipment for falconry.
I have a this years barn owl and im hoping to fly it, most of the books and info i have read say its quite difficult to train a owl, which makes me more determined to achieve. Have you any advice on which jesses ect are suitable for a barn owl ( when his legs are strong enough to support them)

This comes across to me as someone who is doing everything wrong & for the wrong reasons.
You should find out everything you need to know about the bird you intend to purchase BEFORE you purchase the bird. You should NOT purchase a bird & then ask advice on the equipment you need.
The impression I get is that you bought the bird because you have read that they are difficult to train & for the challenge of training a difficult bird. In my mind, that is the wrong reason. You shouldn't be "determined to achieve", you should be confident that you can achieve, you should be looking at a bird that you know to be within your ability. If you fail in you determination to achieve, then you have been totally unfair to the bird - you have a second chance, the bird doesn't.
I would also recommend that you go & talk to people of have owls & have trained them to fly. You may get a totally different impression to what you read in books, you may also get some helpful tips & insights in how to achieve. Books only go so far, talking to people with experience will be more helpful.

From: Ria Austin
From Page: beagleowl.html
Posted on: Friday, July 30, 2004, 02:00 PM

thank you i found the page very usefull as i could not find any good enough info that i needed for my speach but when yours came up i read through and i now feel i can talk about the bengal eagle owl with out sounding like an idiot or making it up as i go along, i work with birds of prey so i should now what im talking about in a demo. thank you again

That's exactly why I developed the site - so I wasn't making it up as I went along.

From Page: littleowl.html
Posted on: Tuesday, August 03, 2004, 11:09 AM

I found your site about the little owl and as I am interested in mythology and folklore I thought it was much more interesting than the usual technical bird pages, also as it gave the names for different countries too, which was useful because I was emailing someone in Spain about the owl in my English field!

From: Spencer Dando
From Page: eeagleowl.html
Posted on: Thursday, August 05, 2004, 01:16 PM

Very informative thanks.

From: Anna
From Page: intro_v.html
Posted on: Friday, August 13, 2004, 08:55 PM

I thought your web site was very helpful, although I keep finding different information on the defination of "cathartes aura" - you say it means "golden purifier", but I have also found that it is defined as "cleansing breeze" or "pacifier". FYI

Thanks for the info, I've updated the page accordingly - I have found references & ways of deriving both "golden purifier" & "cleansing breeze", but no proper derivation for "pacifier".

From: stacey
From Page: intro.html
Posted on: Saturday, August 14, 2004, 06:08 PM

your site was amazing

From: Timothy Rush
From Page: osprey.html
Posted on: Thursday, August 19, 2004, 08:44 PM

Grade for the Osprey page: A+
Thanks for putting the information online. I had an encounter with a very large bird and this page is the result of my reserach.
I was alone at Heartland Park today on the overlook to the Missouri river (Nebraska, USA) and suddenly a bird perched within 10 feet of me. It was huge, with large talons, must have been 20 pounds and about twice the size of a housecat. It stayed there for about 2 minutes just looking around. I think it was a hawk, actually what is called an Osprey, a big one. What a magnificent sight.

Thanks for the comments, I always enjoy hearing about peoples experiences, especially with wild birds.

From: link-
From Page: Unknown Last Page
Posted on: Sunday, August 22, 2004, 11:56 PM

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If you'd like a link including, please ask me. Any links you try & add will be filtered out, as you can see above. I also check the guestbook daily & will remove any inappropriate content.

From: Greg
From Page: harris.html
Posted on: Tuesday, August 31, 2004, 05:10 PM

This site is brilliant thanks, just looking for some background info on harris hawks, some interesting stuff. Im new to falconry, but cant get a bird till i turn 16. sucks, huh?

I would recommend that you try to get as much experience as you can before you get your bird, maybe try finding a nearby falconry centre & ask if you can help there until you get a bird of your own.

From: Bernard
From Page: guestbookfile1.html
Posted on: Saturday, September 04, 2004, 05:23 PM

Thanks for a very well researched and presented site.......
What have we got? A Goshawk or a Sparrow Hawk? Still not sure.....haven't seen it settled this am on a rabbit I'd shot and had a good long a really sheltered corner of our croft on the S.end of Skye.....there's a lot of voles etc about at the moment......we've occasionally caught a brief sight of a bird of prey cruising around at two foot above the ground, searching.....
A few years ago we were entranced and hugely amused at the sight of a baby heron standing on the ground looking straight up at a small owl who was sitting on top of the fence post a couple of feet away........what were they both thinking......

From: Geoffrey Phillips
From Page: wtseaeagle.html
Posted on: Sunday, September 05, 2004, 09:56 PM

Erne helped me with a crossword, however it's should read its (its is the possessive of it, it's is a contraction meaning it is or it has!) a good site though..

Thats the sort of fault I like - easily fixed throughout.

From Page: littleowl.html
Posted on: Sunday, September 12, 2004, 01:02 PM

could you please tell me the name of an owls nest.thank you.jack olund.

As far as I know, there is no special name for an owl nest (unlike aerie or eyrie for an eagle nest). A group of owls is known as a Parliament.

From: Pandora Thomas
From Page: intro_h2.html
Posted on: Sunday, September 19, 2004, 09:59 PM

THis page is great. I work for the Audubon Society and we are having a "hawk weekend" coming up in Brooklyn. I wanted to have something that talks about how hawks are and have been viewed in cultures all throughout the world!

From: fhj
From Page: intro_h.html
Posted on: Monday, September 20, 2004, 12:46 AM

thia was not helpful at all

Seems a little while since I've said this, but this comment was not helpful at all. If you can give me a reason why it was not helpful, then I will do my best to sort your problem. If there's more info you needed, either tell me in your comments or e-mail me.

From Page: goldeneagle.html
Posted on: Thursday, September 23, 2004, 10:15 PM

What Does the eagle grab its prey with?

Its feet. See 4th paragraph of the introduction, the references to hawks also apply to eagles.

From: Calum-Ruairidh Foxley
From Page: wtseaeagle.html
Posted on: Sunday, September 26, 2004, 01:30 PM

West Highland vernacular gaelic for the Sea Eagle is Iolaire suil na greine. The other versions are simply translations or translated variations. CR - 2, Achaphubuil, An Gearasdan. Aged 10

From Page: burrowowl.html
Posted on: Friday, October 01, 2004, 02:17 AM

I think that it was really helpful keep it up

From: brad
From Page: intro_o2.html
Posted on: Monday, October 04, 2004, 11:21 PM


From: scorekid
From Page: littleowl.html
Posted on: Monday, October 04, 2004, 11:41 PM


From: Simone
From Page: tawnyowl.html
Posted on: Tuesday, October 05, 2004, 09:53 PM

yes it helped me with my school reaport and I got a A+!!!

From: George Cooper-Kerr
From Page: harris.html
Posted on: Sunday, October 10, 2004, 12:23 PM

My daughter has a Harris Hawk, now approx. 18 months old..just now completed moulting. Didn't hunt at all succesfully last season and now need to get him hunting. Not really sure how to go about getting him started as he doesn't seem to know naturally what to do.
He did take a crow last year, but let it go probably because he had not previously held onto anything struggling.
Now that he is adult I was expecting him to really get going, but he really does not understand what he should do when he sees quarry..rabbit, pheasant, squirrel, pigeon etc..

In the wild, the young birds do not know "naturally what to do". In the first few months of life they are trained by their parents. Basically, you have to become their parent & train them how to hunt. The techniques will be different for each type of species you will expect them to hunt. Check out the falconry books in the bibliography pages, many of them will tell you about training birds to hunt. There are also specific books available on Harris Hawks.
For advice, try contacting a local falconry group, most advertise themselves in "The Falconers & Raptor Conservation Magazine", if you want to e-mail me & let me know your location, I will do my best to find the nearest to you.
One word of warning - catching squirrels can be risky, they can give severe bites to the bird around the feet & legs.

From: ric
From Page: eeagleowl.html
Posted on: Monday, October 11, 2004, 09:36 PM

what is the translation for Scots 'Eagle Owl', please? -
"Cailleach-oidhche-mhòr" and "Comhachag-mhòr"
did you know that the Mabinogion (Old Welsh) gives 'Blodeuwedd' as a word meaning 'owl'?

I'm not an expert in Scottish Gaelic, the following are guesses at the translation from looking up the individual words in a Gaelic Dictionary.
Comhachag translates as owl & is probably an onomatapoeic name from the call - it is pronounced "co-ach-ak"
Mhòr or Mòr translates as Great
so Comhachag-mhòr would be Great Owl
Cailleach-oidhche can simply be translated as Owl (though it is sometimes specifically the Tawny Owl), but looking at the definitions for each word :
Cailleach (pronounced "kahl-yuhkh") translates as Old Wife or Old Crone or Hag
Oidhche translates as Night
Cailleach-oidhche-mhòr would be something like Great Old Wife/Crone Of The Night
In some Celtic mythology (including Scottish, but also Welsh, Manx & Irish), Cailleach is also a goddess - "The Mother Of All", often represented as a wizened old crone, so there may be some reference to that.
I have also updated the owl mythology page to add the story of the goddess Blodeuwedd.

From: Colin Heaps
From Page: guestbookfile1.html
Posted on: Friday, October 15, 2004, 11:54 AM

Might I also suggest a site / centre that people can visit to learn about Raptors and also haev the chance to get close to them as Gentleshaw Wildlife Centre in Staffordshire.
They have many species of birds and animals and are currently trying to make it through after the death of their founder, (and indeed father).

With Gentleshaw being primarily a rescue centre for both animals & birds of prey, and flying displays being at the discretion of the falconer & not guaranteed even in good weather, I didn't feel I could recommend them as a visitor centre for people wanting to see birds of prey & flying displays.
However, I have updated the "places to visit" to have a section on rescue centres & listed Gentleshaw there.

From: Jackie
From Page: intro_o2.html
Posted on: Sunday, October 17, 2004, 03:04 AM

Found the information very interesting. What type owl would be found on the lower eastern shore of Virginia and Maryland? How long do owls live? Would it be possible to hear the same owl over a period of several years? Thanks, J

Four species of owl are commonly found in Virginia : Barn Owl, Eastern Screech Owl, Great Horned Owl, Barred Owl. The same four species are found in Maryland along with three other species : Long-eared Owl, Short-eared Owl, Northern Saw-whet Owl. Sometimes during winter Snowy Owls will be found.
Longevity is loosely related to the size of the owl, with larger owls living longer than smaller owls. Typically Barn Owls will live around 5 years in the wild, though the record in the US is over 15 yrs. I cant find typical figures for the Great Horned Owl, but the record is over 27 yrs. Where I could find it, each of the birds on the site has longevity record information from the American Ornithologists' Union (AOU).
It would definitely be possible to hear the same owl over a number of years.

From Page: redtail.html
Posted on: Sunday, October 17, 2004, 05:38 PM

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sorry, I cant help with that - other than making sure that your puppy is well protected.

From Page: eeagleowl.html
Posted on: Thursday, October 21, 2004, 04:44 PM


From Page: redtail.html
Posted on: Thursday, October 21, 2004, 10:03 PM

x elent

From: mike pih
From Page: kestrel.html
Posted on: Friday, October 22, 2004, 01:56 PM

currently working for the y m c a. reviewing the film "KES" found your article very usefull and informative .

From: Joe B
From Page: guestbookfile1.html
Posted on: Monday, October 25, 2004, 11:12 PM

CAN A RED TAIL BOA GET TO BE 10 or 12 feet long ,if so or not say some one tell me ,i hope it can get that big cuz iam geting one .

I don't know about the Red Tail Boa, but the idea of a 10 to 12 foot Red-Tailed Hawk is quite scary.

From: prince de governor
From Page: guestbookfile1.html
Posted on: Monday, October 25, 2004, 11:48 PM

fellow guymen!!
i pas through here as i dey waka oooo!!
This site is really good and e go pay well well ooooo
abeg,waka pass

From: Jeremy Taylor
From Page: peregrine.html
Posted on: Tuesday, October 26, 2004, 10:46 AM

Excellent site, Paul. I am writing a novel for teenagers who are learning German and the subject is Peregrine Falcons (Teenagers catch wicked egg thief). Your site gave me some excellent information and I'll definitely provide a link to the site at the back of the book when it is published. I'm setting the novel in Bavaria - does that sounds reasonable? Keep up the great work. Jeremy Taylor
Freelance Writer, Teacher, Fire Juggler

From: janey
From Page: mharrier.html
Posted on: Tuesday, November 02, 2004, 05:44 PM

im doing an essay on reedbed associated bird species, this was very helpful as i needed to know why marsh harrier populations declined.

From: Aaron m
From Page: terms.html
Posted on: Friday, November 05, 2004, 12:01 AM

Shortest one yet !!

From: sarah angelow
From Page: gthornedowl.html
Posted on: Sunday, November 07, 2004, 08:22 PM

didn't give me any info.SORRY$

I keep repeating - tell me what information you require & I will do my best to help.

From: daphne
From Page: places.html
Posted on: Sunday, November 07, 2004, 08:31 PM

you should put a picture of an eagle and all the names of the body parts so I can atleast finish my report! because of you I'll get an F on my report! your website stinks! poopoohead ugly face meany stupid nose cyclops :( bye weener head

Something I've been thing about doing for a while, one day I'll get round to doing just that. Sorry about the F on your report.

From: Liz Hill
From Page: goldeneagle.html
Posted on: Monday, November 08, 2004, 10:01 AM

Brilliant info! Well Done!

From Page: redtail.html
Posted on: Monday, November 08, 2004, 03:22 PM

no you need egg pictures

Not something I have access to & I would not disturb nesting birds, even in captivity.

From Page: guestbookfile1.html
Posted on: Wednesday, November 10, 2004, 03:30 AM


From: Nancy Coffin
From Page: intro_h.html
Posted on: Wednesday, November 10, 2004, 07:28 PM

Great site, I was looking for the difference between a hawk and an eagle, and there you had it, right on your site. Thanks!

From: Esther Duff
From Page: intro_o2.html
Posted on: Thursday, November 11, 2004, 06:46 PM

I heard the screech owl wen my mother died, and my son heard the bird when his father died. I wanted to know about the folklore connected to this bird and death. Thanks.

From: cor
From Page: hybridf.html
Posted on: Sunday, November 14, 2004, 10:03 AM

very helpful. where can I find info on fertility of hybrids ?

I'm not sure, if I can find any info, I'll add a link here.

From Page: speagleowl.html
Posted on: Sunday, November 14, 2004, 11:51 AM

Good informative site. I am researching the use of owls for pest control in southern africa, and now that I know the dimensions of the bird I can presumably find dimensions for a suitable owls nest. Owls nest information is mostly available for North American birds.
Perhaps you would link to suitable information on building nests for the various birds?

If I can find anything, I'll add a link here - it sounds like a useful idea.

From: D27
From Page: redtail.html
Posted on: Tuesday, November 16, 2004, 02:26 AM

This is a great website! Whatever it is you have a great stratege for making a website. :-)

From Page: intro_f2.html
Posted on: Saturday, November 20, 2004, 03:43 AM


From: graham wilson (sherwood owls)
From Page: speagleowl.html
Posted on: Sunday, November 21, 2004, 10:47 AM

i am just about to buy a breeding pair of african spotted eagle owls and was looking to find out a bit more about where they originate from and most of the sites ive visited up to now have no such information so i am greatfull that your site does have this information so i will be visiting this site again
many thanks

From: James
From Page: redtail.html
Posted on: Monday, November 22, 2004, 02:28 PM

this page is really helpfu. I am doing a paper for a wildlife class and i got a lot of information from this page.

From Page: intro_h2.html
Posted on: Saturday, November 27, 2004, 05:51 PM


From Page: redtail.html
Posted on: Monday, November 29, 2004, 04:59 PM

Thank you for providing such an informative site. I have learned several new facts about Redtails. Thanks again

From Page: goldeneagle.html
Posted on: Wednesday, December 01, 2004, 02:44 PM

no it was not helpfull

Neither was the comment, please tell me why & I'll try to rectify the problem.

From: LJ
From Page: intro_o2.html
Posted on: Thursday, December 02, 2004, 08:20 AM

your owl mythology and floklore page was extremely helpful!! Wonderful job!

From Page: cbuzzard.html
Posted on: Saturday, December 04, 2004, 10:27 PM

the mi first naae is tim i come fome londin

From: bob
From Page: guestbookfile1.html
Posted on: Sunday, December 05, 2004, 08:41 PM

I found the site intresting and gave a good insite into the birds in the wild, however i would like to have liked to read a little more reguarding the birds when kept in captivity.You way have wrote a little more indepth on the problems that one might encounter ,but on the whole i injoyed what i read .Thanks Bob.

Thanks for the comments. When I started the site, it was originally from my notes for talking about raptors during flying displays - so mainly concentrates on describing the birds in the wild and other items of interest to keep the general public amused/interested.
I don't have any birds of my own (yet), my experience is limited to 7 years of voluntary work at 2 different centres. Although I have picked up a lot of knowledge from the people working there, I currently don't feel that I have enough experience to put anything into writing - I would have to put in too many warnings about my limitations.
For those seriously interested in keeping birds, I direct them to the large number of books available, written by people with far more experience than me & recommend joining a falconry club & talking to other falconers/austringers.
If you do have any specific questions, if you e-mail me, I may be able to direct you to a particular book or other source that may give the answers you need.

From: jennifer dewey
From Page: terms.html
Posted on: Wednesday, December 08, 2004, 07:07 PM

great information. Thanks for providing it!

From Page: kestrel.html
Posted on: Thursday, December 09, 2004, 08:14 PM

I'd like to quote the following from your website in our journal HERON DANCE (
The Kestrel's main prey is the field vole, though it will take small birds & invertebrates. Kestrels are able to see well into the ultra-violet spectrum. This enables them to track voles through grass very easily, as voles mark their trail with urine, which reflects ultra-violet light, sending out a big beacon to the Kestrels. At the end of the trail, there is either the vole itself, or its nest. It is very adaptable, adapting to different conditions, such as motorway verges & different food sources, when the normal food source of voles declines. A Kestrel needs to eat around 1/5th its own bodyweight in food per day, amounting to something like 2 voles.
If this is ok, please send us the credit line

Replied by e-mail

From Page: eeagleowl.html
Posted on: Saturday, December 11, 2004, 07:22 PM

this page was very unhelpfull because on i searshed snowy owl and it gave me this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! also at the bottom on the google page it gives a little discription about the site, well there it said snowy owl and a bunsh of other stuff. so to tell you the truth this site was compleatly usliss!!

I can't be held responsible for Google directing you to the wrong page, but if you had clicked on the Snowy Owl link, then you would have been taken to the correct page.

From: joey
From Page: ggreyowl.html
Posted on: Wednesday, December 15, 2004, 03:07 PM

this page was not useful

As usual, the question is why not ?

From Page: redtail.html
Posted on: Wednesday, December 15, 2004, 03:15 PM

Excellent site. I would appreciate more pictures, though. I have been observing what I believe is a family of three recently and enjoy their beautiful flying, soaring, kiting, hovering and attack dives immensely. I observe them regularly from my terrace on the 16th floor of my Bronx high rise which, I believe, overlooks their nest somewhere in the Botanical Gardens. That Pale Male's group in Manhattan's got nothing over my guys. Thank you.
Dennis Mora

From: robert mcleod
From Page: guestbookfile1.html
Posted on: Thursday, December 16, 2004, 04:21 PM

hi iwould like any information on a bird i saw this morning when i was going to work ,it was dark in colour with a white bit on its front, it also had long pointed wings i watched it take a pidgeon out in mid flight any information would be very informative thank you.

Unfortunately that doesn't give me too much to go on, other than it was a falcon (long pointed wings). An idea of size, in relation to the pigeon, where in the country you are (or even which country), would let me know what native species you may expect.
There is also the possiblity of non-native species, such as escaped falconry birds - did you notice if it had any equipment (anklets or jesses) on it's legs. If it were a falconry bird, the chances of identification become much smaller, due to the number of pure bred & hybrid species that are used.
If you would like to e-mail me as much information as you can, I'll try to let you know the native species that are likely to be in your area.

From Page: snowyowl.html
Posted on: Sunday, December 26, 2004, 09:58 PM

you need to have the fossil records of the snowy owl. i've been looking all over the web and i couldnt find them

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