Wild Birds Unlimited Newsletter
~ For those passionate about birding and nature ~
October 2018                                                                                          Volume 10.18
Nature News
Bird of the Month

 

 
Barn Owl
Tyto alba 
 
These medium-sized owls have long, rounded wings and short tails, which combine with a buoyant, loping flight to give them a distinctive flight style. The legs are long and the head is smoothly rounded, without ear tufts. Barn Owls are pale overall with dark eyes. They have a mix of buff and gray on the head, back, and upper wings, and are white on the face, body, and underwings. When seen at night they can appear all white.
 
Barn Owls require large areas of open land over which to hunt. This can either be marsh, grasslands, or mixed agricultural fields. For nesting and roosting, they prefer quiet cavities, either in trees or man-made structures such as barns or silos.
 
Barn Owls nest and roost in cavities, abandoned barns and other buildings, and dense trees. At night, Barn Owls hunt by flying low, back and forth over open habitats, searching for small rodents primarily by sound. Consider putting up a nest box to attract a breeding pair. Make sure you put it up well before breeding season. Attach a guard to keep predators from raiding eggs and young. 
 
Barn Owls swallow their prey whole-skin, bones, and all. About twice a day, they cough up pellets instead of passing all that material through their digestive tracts. The pellets make a great record of what the owls have eaten, and scientists study them to learn more about the owls and the ecosystems they live in.
 
For more information on Barn Owls, visit one of the three Moana Nursery store locations: 1100 W. Moana Ln. & 11301 S. Virginia St., Reno and 3397 Pyramid Way., Sparks.
 
Carmel Ruiz-Hilton is Manager of Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shops at Moana Nursery in Reno/Sparks
 



 
 
Barn Owl Myths and Folklore
 
Some call it "ghost bird." Others have named it "demon bird." In fact, colloquial names abound for the widespread Barn Owl. Found on every continent except Antarctica, and with about 30 subspecies filling its range, the majestic Barn Owl has not always been looked upon favorably.
 
Despite their bad reputation in folklore, Barn Owls do a lot of good. Many farmers forge beneficial relationships with Barn Owls, as a single owl family can consume approximately 3,000 rodents a year. The majority of their diet is gophers, and they also eat mice, voles, moles, and rats. In exchange for a nest box, they will keep fields clear of rodents, reduce crop damage and loss, and eliminate the need to put out rodenticide. Seeing a Barn Owl is simply a good sign that the ecosystem is healthy and resilient. So remember, Barn Owls are only a scary bird if you're a mouse!
 
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Upcoming Events

Lahontan Audubon Society
 
Tuesday, October 9 - 6:00pm
LAS Board meeting

Friday, October 12 - 8:00am
Field Trip - Cottonwood Park, Washoe County

Saturday, October 13
8:00am  Field Trip - Sierra Valley Expedition
8:30am  Field Trip - Taylor Creek Fall Field Trip

Tuesday, October 16 - 4:00pm
Birds & Books Reading - Discussion Group 
The Homing Instinct: Meaning and Mystery in Animal Migration by Bernd Heinrich

Saturday, October 20 - 8:00am
Field Trip - Rancho San Rafael, Washoe

Friday, October 26 - 8:00am
Field Trip - Empire Ranch, Carson City
 


Tahoe Institute of Natural Science

Sat Oct 06 @10:00AM - 04:00PM
Fall Fish Festival

 

Sun Oct 07 @10:00AM - 04:00PM
Fall Fish Festival

 

Mon Oct 08 @ 8:30AM - 11:30AM
TBY North Shore Outing

 

Thu Oct 11 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Lisa Berry Wildflower Slideshow

Go to Tinsweb website for full list of outings 

Nature Happenings

* Project Feeder Watch starts and extends until April, www.birds.cornell.edu/pfw
* Steller's Jays, the beautiful black crested jay of the mountain forests, may relocate to lower altitudes.
* The local Blue Jays and Western Scrub-Jays will squawk their resentment of the Steller's, as they all search for high-energy nuts and oil seeds.
* Pinon Jays, normally found exclusively in the southern pinon/juniper lands, may move further north in search of winter food.
* Pine Siskins may move in large numbers to lower regions, and will socially join flocks of American Goldfinches to visit finch feeders.
* Keep your hummingbird feeders filled and clean until you have not seen a hummingbird for two weeks.
* Peak of southward migration. Birds heading south include: White-crowned Sparrows, warblers, Black-headed Grosbeaks, Green-tailed Towhees, Song Sparrows and Lincoln and Chipping Sparrows.
* Geese and ducks begin arriving throughout the region.
* Yellow-rumped Warblers are returning.
* Peak of fall warbler migration
* Orionids meteor shower is late-October.
* Leonid meteor shower is mid-month.


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