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It Isn't quite correct to refer to a bird's eyeballs most avian eyes are flat or globular. Owl eyes are tubular almost cylindrical and fixed, facing forward in the sockets. To compensate, owls can rotate their heads well over 180 degrees in either direction. When you see a picture of a cute little owl with eyes demurely cast to the side, you know the artist has never seen a real owl. Eagle, hawk, and falcon eyes have more nerve cells in the upper half of the retina than the lower, increasing...

Peder Svingen Duluth Mn

Fork-tailed Flycatchers, elegant creatures belonging in southeastern Mexico and Central and South America, have appeared somewhere in the United States or Canada every year since 1970, usually in autumn. Sightings are as unexpected, and almost as unbelievable, as apparitions of Elvis. Three times Frank Freese saw one on his Columbia County property in mid-November 1978. He brought ornithologists to the spot, but the bird appeared for Frank alone. Fortunately, his photographs were more...

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The prettiest and jauntiest of our Hawks, and yet no prig is how early American ornithologist Elliot Coues described the American Kestrel. William Brewster, another nineteenth-century scientist, called it most light-hearted and frolicsome. Kestrels return to the North Country in March after wintering in the southern states and Mexico. Driving to Port Wing, we usually count at least a dozen, and even children caught up in the escapades of Mario Brothers look up. Kestrels hunt in open country,...