Comments Archive 2005

Name : carol ewen
E-Mail : Supplied
Date : 28 December 2005 09:30:53
From Page : Unknown

I found your site very helpful and would use it again. Just for your information, the opening times of the Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre appear to have changed and they are now open in the winter too. But it might be best to phone and change as the hours seem to vary. yours sincerely, Carol Ewen

I did manage to visit again at the start of 2006, my site is now updated with the opening days and times.

Name : sean
E-Mail : Supplied
Date : 19 December 2005 23:01:29
From Page : snowyowl.html

i would like to know if i could own a snowy owl .wot would i have to .do

Answered by e-mail with the usual advice of getting training & finding out whether owning a bird is really for you.

Name : andy
E-Mail : Supplied
Date : 15 December 2005 18:02:01
From Page : guestbookfile1.html

hi my name is andy and would like to ask if there is anyone out there that would be willing to take me out hunting with them so i can get a bit of field experience before i get my own bird i do not mind traveling a little bit as i have my own transport any offers would me greatly appreciated hope to here from you soon
e-mail : redtail110773 at
tel 07723036142

Not exactly what I intended the guestbookfor - but as I keep advising people to get as much experience as possible before getting a bird, I can hardly complain can I ?

Name : David Black
E-Mail : Supplied
Date : 14 December 2005 08:18:29
From Page : guestbookfile1.html

Thanks for the email, it was a help, seaworld??
If you have time, what would be your view on the Eagle owl?
I have spent more time at you web site, well done, have you thoughts of putting it on one of the rings, like top 100 or 500 sites, it would do very well, mine you do you need all the extra work that I am sure you would get?

Name : David Black
E-Mail : Supplied
Date : 13 December 2005 12:57:53
From Page : Unknown

Very good i am doing a paper on owls and your pages are great.

Name : Sean Lenihan
E-Mail : Supplied
Date : 12 December 2005 21:25:57
From Page : Unknown

Very interesting especially the chronicling of the names it is called in other countries. I am Irish and as you can see my business is named Kestrel Forestry Consultants. I read an article last year in the Irish Examiner newspaper which discussed the Kestrel and its Irish name pocaire gaoithe. The writer manintained that the literal translation of pocaire gaoithe was ''wind copulator'' or one who copulates with the wind. I have the article somewhere and if I find it I will post you on a copy.
Sean Lenihan.

Thanks for the info - Sean followed this comment with an e-mail :
I have found the article and actually my memory was wrong to a point "an pocaire gaoithe" means windkicker. In the article which I will send on to you another Irish name for the kestrel is "an bodaire gaoithe". According to the writer "bod" is a penis and "bodaire" is a term of abuse similar to "prick" in english, he then concludes that the name means "the bird copulates with the wind".

Name : David Stephen Barros
E-Mail : Supplied
Date : 8 December 2005 22:20:43
From Page : wtseaeagle.html

Always wondered what an Ocean Eagle looked like and was delighted to find this description.
Ocean Eagle is my boat's name and just bought a brand new 2006 Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic it is a two tone blue and was looking for ideas to have an ocean eagle flying over the ocean blend into the color of the bike painted on the fron fairing. The article was most informative and did get to see what the bird looks like and will continue to see if I find more pictures. Thankm you so much.

Name : Lauren
E-Mail : Supplied
Date : 1 December 2005 22:25:10
From Page : Unknown

I wonder, could a secretary bird kill a cobra?


Name : ROB
E-Mail : Supplied
Date : 1 December 2005 18:58:12
From Page : Unknown

thanks told me one thnig what i never knew what was important

Name : Joy Durington
E-Mail : Supplied
Date : 22 November 2005 22:31:42
From Page : Unknown

I found your website very helpful. I work at the World Bird Sanctuary in Valley Park, Missouri, and I am currently writing Natural Histories for some of our recently 'adopted' birds. I would, however, like to see information on diet, and calls. Thank you. Joy Durington

Name : Antonella
E-Mail : Supplied
Date : 22 November 2005 07:10:11
From Page : Unknown

I love your site, especially the mythology!!! The only addition I would make, is pictures, but maybe just as a link that you have to chose to load, so pages do not take too long to open. Please, keep it up!!! One suggestion from you: if you were stranded on an island, in any continent, which single one book would you take with you? I'm in California, so I would prefer one that is not limited to the U.K. or Europe...I have not read any of the ones you suggest. Tanks!! Antonella

Name : terry
E-Mail : Supplied
Date : 20 November 2005 19:37:58
From Page : eeagleowl.html

On Sunday Nov 20 there was a program on BBC 2 about Eagle owls, very interesting. Natural world, Raptor expert Roy Dennis investigated the comeback of the owl in the UK, it seems as though they are very much on the increase in this country. Just thought you would like to know, I think this is one of the most beautiful birds of prey.

Date : 10 November 2005 02:13:32
From Page : guestbookfile1.html

This is a good site, but just make it more clear.

Unfortunately you haven't told me what aspect of the site is not clear - if you would like to e-mail me or add further comments here, then I am very happy to consider changes to present any information more clearly.

Date : 9 November 2005 23:27:04
From Page : Unknown

this page was very very very very very very very very helpful

E-Mail : Supplied
Date : 9 November 2005 11:57:17
From Page : Unknown

Hello.Just seen a kestrel while out with the dog.Not seen one round here for 20 years,i think the change in farming practices is helping to bring back the diversity of wildlife we used to have.Great site you have here.

Unfortunately, the kestrel population has declined more than 25% in parts of the UK over the last 10 or so years. It is listed as Species of Conservation Concern by the UK Biodiversity Action Plan (though not a priority species) & is included in the Birds of Conservation Concern Amber List.
See BTO Breeding Birds Survey & Arkive : Images Of Life On Earth.

Name : Tracy
E-Mail : Supplied
Date : 28 October 2005 23:04:26
From Page : Unknown

Hi i have a pair of owls near my house. I have seen one up close, it flew past me whilst i put the dog out at night! I live in south Wales, and this owl was massive! it was completely white from what i could see at the time. Any ideas on what breed this could be i looked at the web site and it looks like a snowy owl, but they do not live in the uk is that right? Also any ideas on how i could photograph them? We have heard them at night, last year, but this year they are much closer only 10 meters away! My husband saw two of them a week ago circling in the distance about 100 meters away, and tonight one of them was shrieking at about 10 pm , this is very early for them, we have never heard the shreiking noise before, what does it mean? Usually we hear the twoot twoooo noise.Are they just searching for food?

Replied by email :
From your description the owls sound like barn owls - a large female (the female birds of prey are almost always larger than the males) can have a wingspan of almost 4ft - so look very large. The shrieking call is also common for barn owls. The twoot-twoo call you hear will be tawny owls - this call is most often made by 2 owls calling to each other one does the twoo-it (or kwee-it) the other does the twoo-oo.
Without specialist equipment, photographing the owls at night can be very tricky and more often than not a case of being lucky - being in the right place at the right time with the camera pointing in the right direction. Just watching the owls & seeing if they have any favoured routes or perching sites is valuable - so you have a good idea of where you need to be. The normal built-in flashgun for most cameras is not powerful enough to photograph the birds at any distance. You should also be very careful approaching possible nesting and roosting sites. Firstly it is illegal to disturb nesting owls (though that shouldnt be a problem at this time of year), and secondly some owls, including Tawny owls, will attack people to defend their territory. One of Britains leading bird photographers - Eric Hosking - lost an eye when attacked by a Tawny owl he was trying to photograph. Searching for any books on bird and/or wildlife photography is all I can suggest.

Name : Kay Kelly
Date : 25 October 2005 19:18:04
From Page : Unknown

thank you, very interesting and informative

Name : Curtis Reynolds
E-Mail : Supplied
Date : 19 October 2005 17:30:38
From Page : Unknown

Your site was very helpful. For many years I have been interested in Falconry. I saw my first show of falconers when I was in second or third grade and have been amazed at the skill of the partner and raptor as well as the relationship of the two. I thought the actual sport of Falconry was resolved of by the government, because I have not seen any more shows or even heard of shows since. I am now 34 years old and I found that Falconry hunting is still being practised and is listed in the upland bird hunting book I got from the Idaho Fish and Game. I am very interested in getting involved with Falconry. I am reading all the books I can find on the subject. I want to do it right. If you have any suggestions on books or clubs I can become a part of. Please let me know.

Replied by e-mail with links to American Falconry magazine & the Idaho Falconers Association.

Name : Samuel Thomas
E-Mail : Supplied
Date : 16 October 2005 21:38:05
From Page : terms.html

This page is good.Hey,I just got a Northern Goshawk ! But I can't indenfy wheter its male of female.Also,I really want to train it to be accustomed with the human enviroument.I want to teach it how to fly away and come back to me too. I will need help on how to bring it up to a matured adult hawk.Presently, its sleeping on my shoulders and its learning to fly. Thanks.hope to hear from u soon.

Please tell me you are joking - if you are then you dont really need me to reply, if you are not joking then you will not want me to reply.

Name : Hannelie Coetzee
E-Mail : Supplied
Date : 11 October 2005 08:16:21
From Page : Unknown

I've got a Spotted Eagle-owl living in my garden, to my surprise it began to eat from my hand, I attempted to put some food out for him, and the next moment he flew down from the tree where he was sitting, take the meat out of my hand, I think he is tame, I was able to touch him and he even drank water that I offered him - it's special.

Replied via e-mail & thanks for the photo.

Name : ann
E-Mail : Supplied
Date : 6 October 2005 21:20:51
From Page : Unknown

this was very helpful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Name : Mike Green
E-Mail : Supplied
Date : 3 October 2005 15:54:16
From Page : intro.html

Hi paul- excellent site with masses of useful info- wondered if you have an opinion on how good an owls sense of taste is?- rarely if ever see this mentioned on sites or in books regards Mike

It is thought that birds of prey, including owls, do have a sense of taste, though I cant find much more information than that.
In captivity at least, just like people, some birds do have their likes and dislikes when it comes to food & will refuse to eat certain meats - whether or not this is due to taste is not known.
In the wild, the carrion eaters will tend to eat the fresher meat & avoid the rotten parts - this also applies to vultures - they often wait for decay to set in to weaken the tough outer skin & then only eat the fresher internal parts.

Name : Mary Marasco
E-Mail : Supplied
Date : 25 September 2005 06:52:02
From Page : terms.html

I really enjoyed your website. Thank you so much for maintaining it. I have a question that you might be able to answer. My son is on a football team and the mascot is the falcon. Some parents ventured to call the team a flock of falcons and that just didn't sit right with me. Now I imagine that a large group of falcons is not a usual sight but if so, would "flock" be the correct term? Somehow, a host of falcons seems more appropriate. I would like to know if there is a correct answer for this and if not, what term would you personally choose? Thank you.

The collective noun for a group of falcons is "a cast".

E-Mail : Supplied
Date : 23 September 2005 18:29:33
From Page : Unknown

Dear sir/ madam, I have recently obtained a male red tailed hawk/ buzzard.I found the website very usefull. To be honest i didn't and still don't know much about this species as i have only dealt with harris hawks before. The previous owner for the bird had lost interest and i felt sorry for it gave him a mouthfull and he said that if i thought i could do better then i should take it.So i did!! He also told me it was a female red kite!!! Anyway this site helped me alot so i thankyou for that.I do however have one problem that you may be able to help me with. He doesn't seem very interesed in food. But seems to be quite healthy and his mouth looks fine.Could this be the behaviour of a bird upset because he has been reholmed or could it be more serious. He will eat during the night.Not much though.

Name : Billy Bob
Date : 19 September 2005 22:28:42
From Page : guestbookfile1.html

you are my friend

Thank you.

Name : Andrew Camp
E-Mail : Supplied
Date : 18 September 2005 10:03:07
From Page : Unknown

Just started "bad" birdwatching like in Simon Barnes' book of the same title. Recommnded read! Used your Kestrel page as my daughter and I have been spotting one for a few weeks now and only just identified the bird properly. Your page was very useful and I am adding it to my bookmarks
Thx Andrew

Thanks for the comments - I saw the Simon Barne's book earlier this year & keep meaning to get a copy.

E-Mail : Supplied
Date : 15 September 2005 18:50:10
From Page : Unknown

good info

Name : Falconer in training
Date : 11 September 2005 15:17:20
From Page : Unknown

Question?Is it illegal to get a peregrine once you have a falconers license?
P.S. I like your website.

I assume that you live in the US, in which case you would have to check the laws applicable to your own state. The answer would depend on the level of qualification (eg Apprentice, General, Master) and wheter the bird is wild or captive bred.
Sorry I can't be of further help on this question, but thanks for the comment.

From Page: intro_h.html
Posted on: Wednesday, January 05, 2005, 06:03 AM


Please tell my why.

From: Charlene
From Page: speagleowl.html
Posted on: Thursday, January 06, 2005, 12:25 PM

We have a spotted eagle owl in a tree in the garden. It's right eye has been blinded. After reading your site I gained much insight. Thank you - very helpful compared to other sites.

From Page: goshawk.html
Posted on: Thursday, January 06, 2005, 11:41 PM

Not all people who shoot game birds are rich as you suggest in the Goshawk page. Are yuo politics showing?

I agree, not all people who shoot game birds are rich. But a large number of those who shoot game birds on managed land are - there are still many landowners & gamekeepers that take illegal action over the perceived threat of all birds of prey, not only goshawks. If there wasn't profit to be made from the rearing of the birds for killing, then there wouldn't be the problem with illegal killing.
And yes, it is my politics showing (and sense of humour - someone rose to the bait).

From: Mike Bennett
From Page: intro.html
Posted on: Saturday, January 08, 2005, 12:25 PM

A stranger in Smyrna Georgia, ( near Atlanta) said he saw five raptors around 2:00 pm, Jan 7 05. He did not tell me what type of birds they were, but he did state it was rare to see them. Is something usual happening in the bird kingdom? Is it unusual to see raptors in urban areas in the Southern USA? Your website increased my knowledge about the various raptors. Thank you.
Mike Bennett

Without knowing more specifics about the birds that were seen, I can't make any comment on how rare the sighting was. What I can say though, is that it is not uncommon for raptors to be seen in urban areas. Just a quick scan through one of my books for birds that you may see in urban areas in your part of the country are Black Vultures, Sharp Shinned Hawks, Cooper's Hawks, Red Shouldered Hawks, Red Tailed Hawks, American Kestrels, Merlins & Peregrine Falcons. Although most (the main exception is the Black Vulture) are solitary, it is not unusual, especially during winter, for many of these to have communal roosting sites or to gather near rich sources of food.
So the answer to your question must be no, there's nothing unusual happening in the bird kingdom.

From: David Bramm
From Page: intro.html
Posted on: Wednesday, January 12, 2005, 03:58 AM

I studied zoology in college, but never much ornithology, instead concentrating on subjects related to medicine. After watching red tailed hawks and eagles in AL and in FL watching the osprey hunt I've begun a study of raptors. This is an excellent site for lovers of these magnificent animals.

From: A Turner
From Page: guestbookfile1.html
Posted on: Thursday, January 13, 2005, 03:12 PM

We get a lot of Sparrowhawks in our garden and today I saw a hawk that was similar in appearance but much larger. Your page in the Goshawk would appear to confirm that this was the bird I saw. I live in the North East of England in Redcar which is close to the sea and has both woodland and marsh areas nearby.

From: Oliver
From Page: kestrel.html
Posted on: Tuesday, January 18, 2005, 12:05 PM

very helpful, thanks.

From Page: mharrier.html
Posted on: Monday, January 24, 2005, 10:55 AM


From Page: intro_o2.html
Posted on: Monday, January 24, 2005, 06:46 PM

it was very helpfull thank you

From: tina,out on a wing falconry,norfolk
From Page: guestbookfile1.html
Posted on: Tuesday, January 25, 2005, 02:12 PM

very good site,its one we'll've done your homework, here's your first housepoint!!!

From: mr bean
From Page: tawnyowl.html
Posted on: Tuesday, January 25, 2005, 06:04 PM

brillant for my home work

From: talpianna
From Page: sparrowhawk.html
Posted on: Wednesday, January 26, 2005, 10:00 PM

This is a wonderful site! I don't know much about birds at all, and only came here because a British friend was telling me about watching a sparrowhawk slaughter a pigeon on her lawn, and we got into an argument over what a female hawk is called. (If I have understood your site properly, it is "gentle" rather than "hen.") And then was unable to tear myself away.
But I am interested in falconry and heraldry and such because I am an aspiring fantasy writer (and a big fan of Mercedes Lackey), where such topics often come up. There is so much on this site ("and all so luscious" as Walt Whitman would say) that I foresee returning often. Bookmarking it right now!

From: alex isackson
From Page: intro_o2.html
Posted on: Tuesday, February 01, 2005, 01:55 AM

This site was great - and very helpful. We saw an owl last night and I knew it was an omen but I didnt know what it meant. I looked at some other sites - but this was the best!

From: jeffrey goldin
From Page: intro_h2.html
Posted on: Thursday, February 03, 2005, 06:55 PM

hey this site really helped the hawk is my spirt totem and i was starting to think that they werent important at all but seeing the site lifted my doubt thanx a lot

From: Alice
From Page: goldeneagle.html
Posted on: Sunday, February 06, 2005, 12:08 PM

It was rather good but more pictures would have made it better.

I've thought about more pictures, but feel that there are plenty of sites on the web with a wide variety of pictures, whereas there are few sites with the variety of information all in one place. In addition, I am only using my own photographs, and feel that more photo's of the same birds would not be that useful.
Thanks for the taking the time to comment.

From: greengrass
From Page: guestbook2002.html
Posted on: Friday, February 11, 2005, 01:02 AM

Excellent site well done.

From: Helen
From Page: goshawk.html
Posted on: Sunday, February 13, 2005, 05:56 PM

Have seen bird today in shelter belt on edge of town/countryside in Peterborough Cambs.Looked on all websites and in my own bird books, looks very much like Goshawk although my husband says unlikely. Could have been f/sparrowhawk as male seen regularly around garden but just doesn't quite fit. This website has best photographs.

It is unlikely to be a wild goshawk in that area (not too far from where I was born & brought up, I still pass regularly on the way to & from The Raptor Foundation near St. Ives), but it may be an escaped captive bred bird.
There is a significant size difference between the goshawk & sparrowhawk, large female sparrowhawks tend to be smaller than male goshawks, the sparrowhawks are closer in size to kestrels.

From: Mel
From Page: goshawk.html
Posted on: Monday, February 14, 2005, 10:21 AM

Your site has proved very useful. We awoke this morning to find a large hawk devouring a pigeon in our relatively, suburban garden.
On checking your site, it is clear that the bird was a Goshawk. The hawk stayed in the garden for well over an hour eating it's prey.
Never seen one in the area (Hertfordshire) before..

From Page: intro_v.html
Posted on: Wednesday, February 16, 2005, 06:30 AM

It was a pretty good source of information for my school project, you could add more though. i'v been searching for an hour and have more than you do.

As a source for school projects, your comment makes me think I have got the site about right - a good source of information, but not everything you need. You are supposed to put in some effort searching for your school project & whichever source you use, you will always be able to find more if you continue searching. You should be gathering information from multiple sources & not only the web, for example, check out my bibliography for useful books then use their bibliographies.
I'm not trying to be the definitive source of all material on all raptors, the site is still based around the species I am most involved with when talking to visitors at The Raptor Foundation. It is mainly an aid to answering questions I am asked, with some extra information that appealed to me as I did my search.
If there's anything extra you would like to know, feel free to e-mail me & I always reply & do my best to find the answer & may even update the relevant page.

From: Ashley Fox
From Page: threats.html
Posted on: Thursday, February 17, 2005, 12:24 AM

It was very helpful but you could put more of an explanation with it!!!=)

Rather than just listing the threats, I thought I had briefly explained each threat sufficiently. Please let me know how much more detailed you think it should be, is it a specific threat that needs more detail or all of them - e-mail me & I will do my best to help. If the comment is related to a school project, please note my previous reply.

From: Carol Johnson
From Page: intro_f2.html
Posted on: Thursday, February 24, 2005, 05:19 PM

Yes it was helpful to my research paper.

From: Delanie
From Page: redtail.html
Posted on: Saturday, February 26, 2005, 10:39 PM

This was such a helpful site. I am only in the sixth grade and I couldn't find many helpful websites because they all said just about the same exact thing. I needed some intrersting facts and that is exactly what i recieved from this website. So thank you so much. Oh and by the way, this information gave me an A in my class. Thank you once again.

From Page: redtail.html
Posted on: Sunday, February 27, 2005, 05:22 AM

Very helpful.

From Page: threats.html
Posted on: Tuesday, March 01, 2005, 04:22 PM

I am a Gamekeeper and i do none of the things you say i do to raptors

My apologies, I've now changed that to read "some gamekeepers".

From Page: wtseaeagle.html
Posted on: Sunday, March 06, 2005, 11:52 PM

This page was helpful for my school newsletter thank you

From: Gary Smith
From Page: snowyowl.html
Posted on: Monday, March 07, 2005, 12:45 AM

I found your page very interesting. But wasn't what I was looking for. I like all birds but owls are my favorite. And what I was looking for was a breeder that sold Snowy Owls. (legal sale) But everytime I go to one web site or another, even though the site says exotic birds for sale when you log on to there page its stuffed toys or books ect...
Thank you for your time and info on your site. Have a great day.

Sorry that I prefer not to help on buying/selling raptors. In the UK, I would direct people to such magazines as Cage & Aviary Birds or The Falconers & Raptor Conservation Magazine or The Independant Bird Register. I have no information for other countries.
I always recommend that potential owners get themselves fully trained before purchasing a bird, many falconry & raptor centres offer training courses, including The Raptor Foundation.

From: Ronny
From Page: Unknown Last Page
Posted on: Monday, March 07, 2005, 04:34 AM

Your site is very nice, compliment! from *****************

Please do not add website addresses - they will be removed very quickly.

From: H
From Page: littleowl.html
Posted on: Wednesday, March 09, 2005, 12:14 PM

Excellent site - so well researched. As a matter of fact, barn owl's breath doesn't glow, unless you count misting when it's very cold, like any warm-blooded animal's breath does.
I saw a barn owl and a little owl fly out of a barn the other day - I wonder what that's an omen of?

From: kev
From Page: guestbook2004.html
Posted on: Tuesday, March 15, 2005, 01:43 AM

can any one give me any information about breeding american kestrels. e.g breeding age nest box size and at what time of year thay breed in the uk.

Sorry cant be of help on this one - if anyone requires help like this, an e-mail address would be useful, it will normally be removed from the guestbook within 24hrs.

From Page: hybridf.html
Posted on: Thursday, March 17, 2005, 09:55 PM


You forgot to give me an e-mail address !!

From: 25
From Page: guestbookfile1.html
Posted on: Wednesday, March 23, 2005, 07:22 PM

it didn't give me anything

From: Jo
From Page: guestbookfile1.html
Posted on: Wednesday, March 23, 2005, 09:20 PM

I have been working at a falconry centre for 18 months now and am always trying to find new information to add to my demo's. Your web pages (although I haven't read them all yet) seem very informative and interesting. Thank you!
It would be nice if there was a downloadable version though as I can't stay on the net for extended periods to read it all at once.

Let me have an e-mail address & I'll sort something out for you.

From: heather and ashley
From Page: intro_o.html
Posted on: Tuesday, March 29, 2005, 08:28 PM

no it was not help full because it did not have a food chain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

From: dean pease
From Page: kestrel.html
Posted on: Thursday, March 31, 2005, 10:53 PM

i have been keeping harris hawks for about 5yrs now and ever since a young boy have found all birds fascinating but perticualy raptors.
i keep finch, doves,harris hawhs, quails, and kestrels.
I am about to purchase a male kestrel which has'nt been born yet the mother is sitting on a clutch of eggs and i wanted to find out about incubation times and fledging times. i found all the information i needed, well done for having a great web site.

From Page: intro_h2.html
Posted on: Thursday, March 31, 2005, 11:36 PM

Your page has been very useful for my third grade students doing research and writing an original play about N.M. endangered/threatened species. We haven 't had an easy time finding myths/legends about the b. eagle on the net. Most sites have a one sentence reference and then there's the endless .coms--very boring and frustrating for the kids. Thanks so much!

From: Josh
From Page: intro_h.html
Posted on: Tuesday, April 05, 2005, 09:34 PM

I was looking for a good source of any way to distinguish a hawk from an eagle since a friend and I were having a debate about it. I guess your site was helpful since the answer is "There isnt really any way to tell" besides what appears to be peoples whim in naming conventions for predatory birds. Although this holds my end of the debate up so that works for me... and I think this is a wonderful source of information especially since I wont the bet.

From: sylvia norman
From Page: cbuzzard.html
Posted on: Wednesday, April 06, 2005, 09:16 PM

Live in what once pased for rural countryside- however developers found what once was country village to commuters paradise. Too nearby motorway to both Glasgow and Edinburgh.Have a family of buzzards living in local woods for as long as I can remember { I'm 50+]Builders are now determined to build on woods- council dont give a f***. Also owls,sparrowhawks and red squirrels to name but a few .What a loss and who cares? It would appear that one becomes labelled eccentric when you stand up for the rights of wildlife. Keep up the good work!

From Page: intro_h.html
Posted on: Friday, April 08, 2005, 05:38 AM

yes this verry much helped me with my report

From Page: snowyowl.html
Posted on: Friday, April 08, 2005, 05:08 PM

this was not helpful at allllll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

From Page: sparrowhawk.html
Posted on: Friday, April 15, 2005, 02:20 AM

I found lots of interesting facts,i like this web.

From: Russell Adams
From Page: shortearowl.html
Posted on: Monday, April 18, 2005, 03:08 AM

It help us a lot my daughter made an A on her project.

From: Jeanette
From Page: redtail.html
Posted on: Tuesday, April 19, 2005, 05:36 PM

Your page was great, but what I really need was some more pictures. I think I have a pair of breading Red tailed Hawks behind my house. they are in a very large tree, and the nest is huge. I cant seem to get close enough to see is they are in fact Red tails. I live in South Dakota and there are many large prey birds

From Page: intro_v.html
Posted on: Wednesday, April 20, 2005, 12:48 PM

A very useful site especially with detailing the convergent evolution of vultures something I was unaware of.
Thank you

From Page: intro_o2.html
Posted on: Sunday, April 24, 2005, 03:19 AM

We found an owl sitting on our mailbox in a full moon when we arrived home this evening. We have yet to determine whether it was a good omen, bad omen or had no meaning at all. We will be glad to forward it when we find out, but thank you for providing such detailed information.

From: Neil Anderson
From Page: longearowl.html
Posted on: Sunday, April 24, 2005, 09:25 PM

I found your site helpful in identifying a long eared owl I saw on a nest today in Wales near where I live. I was expecting to see a buzzard so it was quite exciting!

From: Jackie Farah, from Vancouver, Washington, USA
From Page: intro_o.html
Posted on: Thursday, April 28, 2005, 04:23 PM

My 7-8th grade students are studying the local watershed ecosystem, currently learning about raptors. We used your taxonomy to help them come up with suitable scientific names for their fantasy raptors (3-D figures constructed with paper, incorporating the key raptor features) and your owl page to help prepare for a session with owl pellets tomorrow. Thanks for your work.
Links for our school and local wildlife refuge. They do a lot of birding there and have several nest of bald eagles.

From: john greenwood
From Page: cbuzzard.html
Posted on: Thursday, April 28, 2005, 06:50 PM

yes, very helpful page thank you.
It has helped greatly in me being able identify a Buzzard soaring near to a quarry at Newton- by- Castle Acre, Norfolk, - on the back road to Sporle. A crow was also mobbing the Buzzard, I saw this last week.

From: jon knott
From Page: guestbook2004.html
Posted on: Saturday, April 30, 2005, 05:00 AM

What the heck kinda site is this, there is no information on it

From: David Brooks
From Page: eeagleowl.html
Posted on: Tuesday, May 03, 2005, 03:17 PM

Found your article on eagle owls very useful and informative. Was prompted to write following an article in an english speaking newspaper in Spain having just come back from holiday in Mijas on the Costa del Sol. The article referred to the discovery of seven dead eagle owls in the mountain range Sierra De Mijas, four apparently having been electrocuted, and one shot. I was unaware that there were that many eagle owls in that region, although my wife swears blind she and a friend saw one a few years ago!
I did not know how to investigate this story any further, and wondered whether you knew anything about it.
David Brooks

From: Ron Bottorff
From Page: eeagleowl.html
Posted on: Sunday, May 08, 2005, 06:20 PM

Your info on the Eurasian Eagle Owl was very helpful. I had seen signs in the World Bird of Prey Center near Boise Idaho indicating a weight of up to 20 pounds for this owl. Your site quotes up to 4200 grams which is more believeable and I will notify the Center to change their sign. Thank you.

Whilst different sources will give varying ranges for the weights & sizes - I've used reasonable ranges checked against a variety of sources (books, online, centres), excluding any which were wildly high or low compared to any other source.

From: Robbie Murray
From Page: places.html
Posted on: Tuesday, May 10, 2005, 08:13 AM

I would strongly suggest you visit the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary at Stonham Barns, Nr Stowmarket, Suffolk, and the Screech Owl Sanctuary at Goss Morr, near Indian Queens in Cornwall - both very Conservation orientated.

Thanks for the info - I keep meaning to visit the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary but it's rare that I get the chance to go to Cornwall. I'll try & find out some info & add them to the places I'd like to visit.

From: Julie Britt
From Page: places.html
Posted on: Tuesday, May 10, 2005, 03:15 PM

Mr. Frost:
The International Center for Birds of Prey website is now live.
I felt you might find it of interest.

Thanks for the info

From: Nancy
From Page: littleowl.html
Posted on: Wednesday, May 11, 2005, 03:51 AM

Very Helpful. Precise information. But not overwhelming with useless facts. Awesome picture.
Thanks much.

From: JFCollins
From Page: terms.html
Posted on: Thursday, May 12, 2005, 07:43 PM

Dear Paul,
I am using Mozilla 1.7.7 (soon to go to 1.7.8). I had the referer [sic] turned off. It is now on. If you get this, that was the problem. Many users, for security, turn it off.

Unfortunately, this is something I cannot do anything about - for security of their servers my ISP uses some of the information sent as part of its safety checks.

From: Ronnyv
From Page: guestbook2003.html
Posted on: Friday, May 13, 2005, 11:52 AM

I ned some help.last wek i'd find a litle Bubo Bubo it can't fly and it eat only if i put the meat in the mouth.I am from Romania and my english is not so good because of this it is hard for me to find useful information on the internet please send me link's on [email address removed]

From: Paul Morris
From Page: places.html
Posted on: Monday, May 16, 2005, 02:49 PM

Please can you update you link for Edinburgh Birds of Prey Centre. This has recently changed to falconryscotland for which the website is The old website is now set to forward automatically, if you visit the old link. Please do not include a plain text email address on your site (as you do a mailto: tag without any javascript to mask the name/server so allows spiders to grab it and dish out spam) - just leave it blank.
You might also want to go to Braco Castle (Jemima Parry Jones)....
Thanks in advance
Paul Morris Website Admin

All updated now.

From: Mz Boffin Babe
From Page: goldeneagle.html
Posted on: Tuesday, May 17, 2005, 08:43 PM

Wow ... i'm doin Geog and dis is so helpful!!!

From: Claire Ross
From Page: peregrine.html
Posted on: Sunday, May 22, 2005, 09:34 PM

This is an unusual request. We breed harness horses in New Zealand and we have a colt by a sire called Falcon Seelster. My husband is from Edinburgh and my father is from Glasgow. We would like a good scottish name for our little colt with some reference to the scottish falcon. I have read all the information about this wonderful bird but though someone with a great wealth of knowledge might come up with a really great name.
Thanks for your help

From Page: secretary.html
Posted on: Monday, May 30, 2005, 04:43 AM

This site was very, VERY helpful. I learned a lot.

From: Som Bahadur Bohora
From Page: intro_v.html
Posted on: Wednesday, June 01, 2005, 03:48 PM

This page is very useful for my research.So if you can,please send me more information on Vulture(white-rumped vulture,Gyps bengalensis ).
I will be grateful to you if you can send it to my above email address.

From: Giselle Arnold
From Page: kestrel.html
Posted on: Wednesday, June 01, 2005, 04:55 PM

Your page on the Common Kestrel was very helpful and insightful. I found the different cultural names very fascinating. Thank you, and God Bless.

From Page: snowyowl.html
Posted on: Friday, June 03, 2005, 07:00 PM

It was informational but it did not have what I was looking for. It needs more on the owls adaptation to it's habitat.

From: brandon
From Page: mharrier.html
Posted on: Tuesday, June 07, 2005, 07:34 AM

it sucked

From Page: mharrier.html
Posted on: Tuesday, June 07, 2005, 03:18 PM

I'm not very good at identifying birds and usually see birds in the sky. It would be really useful if a photo of a bird taken from below is included. It is very rare that people are lucky enough to see a bird perching.
Many thanks

I am using only my photographs & have limited opportunities to photograph native species. My feeling is that their are plenty of books available on bird identification, these will be able to present far better photographs for identification purposes.

From: soola
From Page: intro_o2.html
Posted on: Thursday, June 09, 2005, 10:24 PM

very informative, however I was looking for an actual chinese symbol or character for 'barn owl'. large enough that I can make it out to copy correctly onto a drawing of a barn owl. thanks any way.

Unfortunately, you didn't leave an e-mail address, otherwise I would have replied directing you to my source of Chinese/Japenese/Vietnamese names.

From Page: intro_o2.html
Posted on: Wednesday, June 15, 2005, 07:23 AM

Thank you!

From: Mona Richardson
From Page: intro_h2.html
Posted on: Thursday, June 16, 2005, 03:33 AM

I am too tired to say more then just that the site is really helpful. I was wondering what the collections of birds was.......I knew a "murder of crows" but that's about all I knew.
Thanks for all your hard work!
Cheers. MER

From: jess
From Page: intro_o.html
Posted on: Sunday, June 19, 2005, 12:54 PM

it was very helpful for my home work and was very straight forword thank u

From: Chrissy
From Page: eeagleowl.html
Posted on: Sunday, June 19, 2005, 03:00 PM

Very interesting and informative site, told me everything I needed to know in simple and easy to understand.
I will be back!!

From: geoff
From Page: guestbook2002.html
Posted on: Sunday, June 19, 2005, 08:31 PM

looking for sea eagle's other name found erne on your site thankyou great stuff

From: Phil Smith
From Page: guestbookfile1.html
Posted on: Sunday, June 26, 2005, 10:06 AM

Hi I've just been reading through your site as i used to have a really keen interest in falconry and Kept a few birds of my own(a Couple of years Back). unfortunately my job forced me end my hobby as i didnt have enough spare time to exercise my birds. Recently i have changed employment and am very keen on starting up this Hobby again, but i have lost all the information & Addresess i had for falconry suppliers. Could you please help....

In the UK, I would direct people to such magazines as Cage & Aviary Birds or The Falconers & Raptor Conservation Magazine or The Independant Bird Register.

From: Sharon Youngblood
From Page: redtail.html
Posted on: Friday, July 01, 2005, 08:26 PM

I found this site extremely helpful. I have a miniature dachshund and live in San Diego County. We have several red-tail hawks (a beautiful bird, by the way) and I was concerned that my dog might be a tasty meal for the red-tail. It seems, though, that my dog is not one of the items the bird eats.

From: Adrian Tilley
From Page: kestrel.html
Posted on: Monday, July 04, 2005, 07:13 PM

We saw a 'bird' hovering just outside our fence, which backs on to a field. Thought it might be Kestrel. Looked it up on the internet and found your site after some searching. This is the only site that I found that had any 'real' information that was usefull to a complete ignoramus regarding birds. It allowed me to indentify it and find out why it was living so close to my house. I have just noticed that there is, actually, a pair of them. My 5yr old son thinks it is fantastic being able to watch them hunting right outside our kitchen window.
Thanks for some great information.

From: beverly graham
From Page: equipment.html
Posted on: Monday, July 04, 2005, 10:52 PM

I have an african pied crow. 8 weeks old now. She had rubber jesses on her legs when she arrived. I removed one as it was on to tight. I am trying to find information on how to train her to fly outside on a leash with out harming her legs. She is very active and vibrant, inside flight is not going to satisfy her for long. I now she is different then a falcon or hawk but was wondering if training techniques might be the same. Thanks for the info. It is helpful.

As far as I know, the techniques should be very similar. Basically you are training the bird to see you as the easy source of food & to come to you in preference to going elsewhere for food.
If tethered to a leash, then make sure that the leash is not too long, so the bird cannot get any speed before being brought to a halt. When training the bird, you will have to move in the direction the bird is flying, in order to slow the bird down when it reaches the end of its tether, rather than bring it to an abrupt halt.

From: Kate Morgan
From Page: kestrel.html
Posted on: Friday, July 15, 2005, 04:10 PM

Thanks so much for the informaton on the common Kestrel. We act as a "rescue centre" for wild animals in our area, much of your information has helped us nurse a Kestrel back to full health.
Thank you.

If you would like to e-mail me with more info, I do get some enquiries on help for rescues & will pass on your details if you are in the area.

From: James sewry
From Page: tawnyowl.html
Posted on: Tuesday, July 19, 2005, 11:34 AM

It was very decent and cool

From: mitchell perrett
From Page: tawnyowl.html
Posted on: Tuesday, July 19, 2005, 11:34 AM

it was brill

From: David Pitblado
From Page: captivity.html
Posted on: Thursday, July 21, 2005, 09:54 PM

As a complete novice looking at the going into falconry the information was very helpful, this kind of info should be on most sites especially something like the bfc either that it should be linked.

From: David Pitblado
From Page: captivity.html
Posted on: Thursday, July 21, 2005, 10:16 PM

more info on the laws of hunting and permits needed for game and what is classed as game and what is vermin could be helpful
Cheers David

As this sort of information is country specific, I prefer not to include it. If you e-mail me, I could try to find specific links or info for you.

From: tom
From Page: captivity.html
Posted on: Monday, July 25, 2005, 07:43 PM

thanks i want to start falconry and this helped me out alot

From: Margaret Kelly
From Page: speagleowl.html
Posted on: Thursday, August 04, 2005, 03:09 PM

This site was very helpful to me as we have 2 spotted Eagle Owls in our little forest outside the back door. We live on a golf course in Johannesburg. They are a pair and are mating and quite active at the moment. I have only noticed them within the last 2 weeks. The female lands at a specific spot on a tree stump at ground level every evening. At first I thought it was a cat. Last night night I spotted the second one as he landed on her and they were mating. The homeowners association erected a kennel in one of the trees about 8 months ago but I haven't seen either of them go in yet. We are hoping for little ones soon. We feed the guinea fowl with fowl food which seems to attract a type of shrew plus there are frogs at the river so hopefully they will have plenty to eat.
Margaret Kelly

Thanks for taking the time to tell me about the owls. Not too long ag, I did get an e-mail from another lady in South Africa regarding nesting boxes - I did find details of a centre reasonably close to her that helped her make a suitable nest box. I don't know how close to Johannesburg it was, but if you care to e-mail me, I will try & find the details for you.

From: Magda
From Page: guestbookfile1.html
Posted on: Sunday, August 07, 2005, 01:08 PM

I enjoyed your description of kestrel a lot :) What I was looking for was actually the French name of the bird. I was really surprised and more than happy to find a site with names in so many languages, for I will actually have use for Norwegian, Saami and Finnish names as well :)Being Polish myself I want to thank you for paying attention to the spelling :) The fact that you spelled the name correctly in Polish means that I can trust you when it comes to other languages :) As far as Polish kestrels are concerned - they nest mostly under the roofs of tall blocks of flats, which we have plenty of here. I have spend most of my life living under a kestrels nest (my flat being on the 10th floor) and it has always been fascinating to watch the birds :) Now when I hear their cries it just feels like home ;)

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From Page: intro.html
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From: steven
From Page: merlin.html
Posted on: Monday, August 08, 2005, 08:39 PM

Thanks for the info, Ive seen a few times a merlin in my back garden eating sparrow or turtle dove .I live in a urban town on the coast in great yarmouth in england. amazing fighting machine!

From: Adele Gibson
From Page: places.html
Posted on: Tuesday, August 09, 2005, 11:25 AM

My daughter's holiday club are planning a day trip to the Yorkshire Dales Falconry Centre. My daughter is five years old. I don't know anything about this centre is it suitable for this age group? I would really appreciate your comments.

The Yorkshire Dales Falconry Centre has changed hands since I last visited several years ago, so I can't really comment on how it is now.
My personal view on any falconry centre is that suitability, particularly at that age, very much depends on the individual children - if they have an interest in birds & seeing birds up close and flying, then the majority of places are suitable. If the children have no real interest then very often boredom sets in very quickly and they tend to be much more interested in the play area than the birds.

From: Karen Rudolph
From Page: redtail.html
Posted on: Friday, August 19, 2005, 06:09 AM

very informative page. Thank you

From: karl mason
From Page: redtail.html
Posted on: Tuesday, August 23, 2005, 09:21 PM

looking for info on my red tailed hawk

From: White-Tail Laughing
From Page: intro_o2.html
Posted on: Sunday, August 28, 2005, 08:27 PM

Just what I was looking for... a great spring board. Thank you. WTL

From: andy
From Page: cbuzzard.html
Posted on: Wednesday, August 31, 2005, 08:15 PM

hi i live in mid wales were i have seen several pairs of buzzards and they are fantastic to watch i can say that this artical was very helpful and would recomend it to anyone that is interested in thease birds or intends to aquire one as i do so if you are interested in birds of prey like iam then could you please contat me by e-mail as it would be nice to have somone that is interested in birds of prey and possably somone to go flying/hunting with hope to hear from you soon

From: helo
From Page: guestbook2004.html
Posted on: Thursday, September 01, 2005, 01:45 AM

nice place!

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