Heidi talks raptors

Heidi talks raptors

December 7, 2017 - 9:47am -- helenfisher

This week BSU ornithologist came to TVCS 6th grades to teach how to identify raptor species that we think we are seeing near school.  She taught us about Accipiters, Buteos, and Falcons.  Fastest fliers, the falcons, flap and catch prey on the wing.  They have long pointed wings that reach nearly to end of the tail.  Their wings are not designed for soaring, but fast flapping.  Buteos have broad shorter wings with finger feathers that are designed for soaring and looking down on the ground to pounce upon small rodents and grasshoppers.  The accipiters a fast and are masters of sharp turns.  Their wings are shorter and adapted for flying through trees in pursuit of song birds. Accipiters both flap and glide.  We think we are seeing accipiters or an even a merlin (falcon) hunting doves near our school.  She said that we are likely to be observing the accipiter species,Coopers hawk, or sharp-shinned hawk.  It is sometimes difficult to tell them apart unless we can see them perching.

Helen Fisher, Grade 5
Boise, Idaho USA

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