Owls Activity Page
From Connections, January-April 2010
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Be a Night Owl
Did you know that most owls are nocturnal, and that they are the only birds of prey to routinely hunt at night? Fringed feathers on the edges of their wings enable owls to fly very quietly. Combined with a superb sense of vision and hearing, owls can locate and capture prey in the dark.
Try this — Carefully “spread your wings and fly” around your house or backyard in the dark. Can you move silently? Can you avoid colliding with obstacles?
Most owls lay their round eggs in nests in tall trees or in hollow tree cavities where few predators are found, and so their eggs are usually white. In contrast, songbird eggs are oval and are generally colored or speckled for camouflage to protect them from predators.
Try this — Place a ping-pong ball and a plastic egg on a table or the floor and spin them like a top. Which one rolls farther?
What's for Dinner?
Owls eat small animals whole, then cough up pellets containing the indigestible parts such as bones, fur, teeth, and scales. Dissect a pellet to see what the owl has eaten. If you’re careful, you may be able to reassemble an entire skeleton! Look for pellets near owl roosts, such as an evergreen tree.