Bird Watching on TV ~ Watch Snowy Owl Family in the News What a Hoot!

Everyone Loves Owls

Everybody really loves Raymond, but today we're looking up at a bird house. Just had to share this MSNBC story about an owl family that is on Television with their own show. Maybe they rival Raymond? What do you think? They are both "Family" rated.

Millions of viewers have tuned in to watch an owl couple settle in to a birdhouse that has been wired with cameras. From the comfort of our homes we can watch their lives play out as they nest, mate, lay eggs, brood and tender them until they fly off on their own.

A new episode may be in the hatching come springtime and they return. At the present time they flew the coop. To see a news clip from previous episodes take a look at this UStream.

www.nbc.com/news-sports/msnbc-video/what-a-hoot-owl-caholics-flock-to-webcam/

The Name of the Article is, "What a hoot! 'Owl-caholics' flock to Webcam"

The San Marcos, Calif., home of Carlos and Donna Royal is now center stage for a captivating Web reality show featuring a handful of unlikely stars. NBC's Mara Schiavocampo reports. (Nightly News)

15 MILLION VIEWS -www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/38632630#38632630

Beautiful Owl Photographs for Bird Watchers

Owls are beautiful
Owls are beautiful

Bird Watch Radio

Taking flight around the internet, I've landed on a fascinating perch: a birdwatching podcast with plenty of links for birders. Steve Moore birdwatch radio show is off the air, however all the archives are available for listening and you'll find a list of bird-links.

What's it like to be a bird lover? Watch the video below and experience a bit of nature. Listen to the callers on Steve's podcast, watch the episodes of the Owl Family on television or simply go outside and watch for the most common birds in your region. Robins, wrens, chick-a-dees, blue jays and even crows can be a thrill to watch and hear their calls. 

Birding.com | Number of Bird Species in the World:

There are over 10,000 species of birds in the world. About 925 have been seen in the U.S. and Canada. About 1,000 have been seen in Europe. By far the largest concentration of bird species are found in South America. Over 3,200 species have been seen there. In Colombia, Bolivia and Peru the species count for each country tops 1,700.  Here are some very general figures for the species count for each continent:

3,200  South America
2,900  Asia
2,300  Africa
2,000  North America (from Panama north + Caribbean)
1,700  Australia + surrounding islands
1,000  Europe
65 Antarctica

Enjoy the video of baby screech owls growing up in the nesting box -- beginning with the courtship of their parents and great bluegrass music by the Hunger Mountain Boys

California spotted owl and Beethoven

Caged Animal Survives

How this owl managed to find his way into the hood of a car anyone can guess. Perhaps a rodent ran under the car and up through the hood with the owl trailing behind and found himself unable to extricate him self. The owl has a wide wing expanse and if he could not extend them to move around he would be stuck.

We marvel at how on earth that owl managed to live through the ordeal of riding in front of a hot engine in Florida on a long distant trip. He seemed no worse for wear, with such gorgeous blinking deep ochre eyes staring out of his prison bars.


Great Horned Owl Encounter

More Owl Pages

  • A Granddaughter's Snowy Owl (poem)

    Lost in the Catskills, a child spies an owl and makes note of that animal looking directly at her. A child's memory will plant a seed that she may take on her life's journey to become a naturalist, a birdie, a scientist or desire a pet bird of her own one day.

  • Great Horned Owl

    Due to the fact that their ear tuffs look like horns, there is never any confusing the Great Horned Owl with any other species. The description of the magnificent great horned owl includes the coloring, anatomy, Audubon painting, evolution of the species, behavior in relation to other animals, I learned that the horned owl will a longer life in captivity than in nature; and most of them must be cared for after injury.

    Their claws actually have a cutting edge that they use to hook and tear their prey. They will swallow a small rodent like a mouse whole! You usually think of the ant as having the ability to carry more than their own weight, but the great horned owl has the special ability to carry a prey that will match their own weight. Their wings break up micro-turbulence to reduce sound when going after their prey. The feathered air tufts give them their name, while all of the feathered colored appearance act like camouflage. They paint to regulate their temperature, since they do not perspire. With excellent hearing, they would be a great bird to spy on your next outing into the woods.

    Learn more about the Great Horned Owl's habitat, land distribution, preferred diet, feeding habits, reproduction, and known predators. More than 50% of the young do not live past the first year due to predators, including hawks and human interference.

  • Barn Owls:Natural Rodent Control

    Barn Owls are one of the best friends a small farmer has. They eat rats and mice by the dozens yet pose no real threat to most of the wildlife you want. Think of owls as your friend, too, and find ways to encourage them to live around your home to deter the populations of rodents and unwanted insects. I've had voles in my yard and they are quite difficult to remove. Who knew that owls have such a varied diet, including meadow voles, mice, rats, cockroaches, grasshoppers, crickets, caterpillars, lizards and frogs. For this reason alone, it would be a good idea to provide a place for the owl to rest for the night, like in Mr Roger's neighborhood, they prefer a hollow in a tree. But, any handy person can build a nesting box as shown in the main story. Learn more about building the box, deciding the location and height for your project.

  • Owls: Creatures of Magic and Legend.

    Owls: The Stuff of Magic and Legend. The Owl, by Robert Challen de Mercer(From Charged Particles) All the forest dwellers take fright,At the silent ruler of the night.Wily hunter with steely grasp,That...

  • Barn Owl

    Everyone seems to love the face of the Barn Owl. Even though they are commonly found out there, they look of them is different from other species. They have a face that is shaped like heart instead of being...

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Great Music While Watching the Screech Owl Family Grow Up

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TomTipton 6 years ago from Hollywood, CA

Thanks for the Hub Debbie.

When I got out of bed this morning, I didn't think I'd spend 15 minutes reading about and watching owls of all things. Only 65 species of bird in Antarctica? Must be a hearty lot. Nice job.


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sabu singh 6 years ago

That was absolutely awesome Debby. Thank you ever so much for sharing. Both the video on the screech owl family as well as the link to Ustream were fabulous.


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Debby Bruck 6 years ago Author

Hello TomTipton and Sabu Singh ~ What fun to make new friends. I guess The Owl Story called out to you. My very favorite memories are walking in the woods at college camp and learning the owl calls. Even now, as I sleep, I can hear them when then roam around my home looking for food and calling for mates. I call back and they always answer, "Who Cooks for You!"


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juneaukid 6 years ago from Denver, Colorado

Thanks very much for this delightful hub.


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Granny's House 5 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

So cool. I love owls. Thank you for sharing


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago Author

Hello Granny ~ I love owls, too! Hooo -- hoooo...


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doodlebugs 5 years ago from Southwest

I love owls. We have one that comes during the summer and roosts on our barn roof.


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago Author

Hello DoodleBugs ~ WOW! I guess all the owls are coming out of hiding as Spring is about to arrive. Thanks for visiting and letting us know what's happening in your world. Blessings, Debby


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Fluffy77 5 years ago from Enterprise, OR

Such wonderful looking owls and I loved the music with them, thank you!


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago Author

Hey Fluffy - you know I haven't checked out whether the station is still playing this show, but at least I have recorded some of the owl beauty here. Take care, Debby

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