Sunday, December 19, 2004

New Birds

I volunteer on weekends at the Tracy Aviary in Salt Lake City, cleaning out the cages and mews of birds used in the aviary's educational programs.

Handling the birds is part of the job, and I am working my way to become familiar with several of the birds. I regularly handle a Green-winged Macaw, a Red-crested Turaco, a Barn Owl and an American Kestrel. I have also had a little experience with a Peregrine Falcon. It's a fascinating way to learn more about some amazing birds.

Yesterday I got to help with two birds I had not handled before. One was a barred owl (we call her "Cypress") that looks similar to this:

The other was a dark morph Swainson's Hawk, known as "Babero," who looks somewhat like this:


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