Friday, December 26, 2008

Fundy Bird of The Week - Hawk Owl in Fredericton

This week we've chosen the Northern Hawk Owl that NatureNB members have been reporting from the Fredericton area. It could have been the Snowy Owls that are being reported here and there throughout the area or the Bohemian Waxwings, but this is a favourite of mine. I think Fenwick Landsdown did a great portrait many years ago.

Wikilpedia has the following:

The Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) is a medium sized owl. The term "hawk" refers to its falcon-like wing shape and long tail. It is the only living species in the genus Surnia. The species is sometimes called simply the Hawk Owl; however, many species of owls in the Ninox genus are also called hawk owls.

This bird is 35-43 cm long with a 69-82 cm wingspan. It has a rounded head with yellow eyes, dark brown upperparts and barred underparts and tail. The song is a bubbling lulululu. More ...

Thanks to Wikipedia for the photo.