Friday-Sunday, May 1-3 ~ Pacific City Birding and Blues Festival. A bounty of events including guided birding hikes,live birds of prey talks, blues concerts, nature workshops, kayak trips, photography tips, and birding by ear walks. Meet at Kiawanda Community Center, 34600 Cape Kiwanda Drive, Pacific City. For more info, call 503-965-6247 or visit www.birdingandblues.org.
Saturday, May 9, 9am ~ ASLC Bird Walk at Lincoln City Open Spaces site beginning at the Villages/Knoll at the north end of West Devils Lake Rd. Walk will be easy, two hours with binoculars and field guides provided. Dress for the weather. Watch for more details on this in the Oregon Coast Today weekly publication. Call 541-992-9720 for more information.
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IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS
Injured birds, dead mammals, poaching,
call: State Police: 800-452-7888
Injured Bird and Mammal Rehab Centers:
Chintimini Wildlife Center (Corvallis) 541-745-5324
Wildlife Care Center (Portland) 503-292-0304
Turtle Ridge Wildlife Center (Salem) 503-540-8664
Wildlife Center of the North Coast (Astoria) 503-338-0331
Cascades Raptor Center (Eugene) 541-485-1320
photo © nagi aboulenein - bald eagle
The Ospreys Have Returned
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) is neither a hawk nor an eagle. In fact, it is the
only member of its genus. Weighing in at about 3.5 lbs, its length is 23" and
it has a wingspan of just over 5 feet. What's very impressive about its features
are the feet. Each foot has 4 toes one of which can be reversed from front
to back if it is necessary to have a very firm grasp of its prey. And on the pads
of its feet are special barbs called spicules which help to secure the fish in its grasp. Speaking about fish, that is the only menu item desired by Ospreys!
When an Osprey dives for its prey, it plummets feet and head first. Ospreys are excellent anglers. Over several studies, Ospreys caught fish on at least 1 in every 4 dives, with success rates sometimes as high as 70 percent. The average time they spent hunting before making a catch was about 12 minutes—something to think about next time you throw your line in the water.
An Osprey may log more than 160,000 migration miles during its 15-to-20-year lifetime. Scientists track Ospreys by strapping lightweight satellite transmitters to the birds’ backs. The devices pinpoint an Osprey's location to within a few hundred yards and last for 2-3 years. During 13 days in 2008, one Osprey flew 2,700 miles—from Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, to French Guiana, South America.
Osprey eggs do not hatch all at once. Rather, the first chick emerges up to five days before the last one. The older hatchling dominates its younger siblings, and can monopolize the food brought by the parents. If food is abundant, chicks share meals in relative harmony; in times of scarcity, younger ones may starve to death.