Hawks, Honkers & Hoots
Happy Mother's Day!
Both Trek our Swainson's Hawk and Bobbie our Western Screech Owl have laid eggs recently. They are not fertilized, so no babies expected but spring has sprung for us.
HH&H is proud to introduce our two new Bird Ambassadors! Meet Chip and Benny.
Chip, our American Kestrel joined us at the end of 2019. We are so excited to be able to share this handsome fellow with you! We do not know how old he is but we do know that he is an adult.
Benny too joined us at the end of last year. He is a White-tailed Kite and we are so very fortunate to have him, Kites don't typically tame down easily. Benny is a first year bird, you can tell by his feathering; the darker Benny is juvenile feathering, his white feathering is him maturing as an adult. Eventually, his eyes will turn to a reddish brown.
It's never easy to say goodbye...
We are saddened to share with you that Digger, our Burrowing Owl flew over the Rainbow Bridge. We have been so blessed with her as one of our Bird Ambassadors for the last five years. Digger came from Folsom where it is believed she was hit by a car. When we first got her, we thought that she was a he and named him Walter because we thought he/she looked like an old man. We took him in for his first exam and decided to do a DNA test to confirm Walter was truly a male. To our surprise, he was actually a she...a name change was in order. We all decided Digger would be great for our new girl. Digger quickly became a crowd favorite and we were very fond of her as well. She will be missed dearly. Much love to you little lady, thank you for all the time you spent with us and being such a great Bird Ambassador.
A BIG Surprise
We've had Trek since the spring of 2014. When we adopted Trek we were told that Trek was a male, well, this spring Trek laid an egg and we were all shocked. As Swainson's Hawks go she's small for a female so it made sense that Trek was a male. We've had all our other birds sexed via a blood test but never felt we needed to when we got Trek, we figured the Falconer knew. So we've always called Trek a "handsome boy" now we're having to change all that when we address him...oops, I mean her. :) We're happy to have learned that Trek is a female, now we call her our "beautiful girl".
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!
We've been at our current location for seven years now and only one other time has it snowed here. The snow brings a new beauty where the Bird Ambassadors live. It was cold but they are well cared for and it didn't seem to even affect them.
We want to thank all of you for your support throughout the year, we couldn't do it without you. We really appreciate all that you have done for Hawks, Honkers & Hoots. We have a very busy 2019 ahead of us, we look forward to seeing you all out at one of our many presentations. Be sure to come say hello, we love to see you!
Help Support Hawks, Honkers & Hoots
Our mission is to inspire respect for local and migratory birds through customized and entertaining educational programs.
We are a 100% volunteer 501c3 organization that wisely uses donations for the care of our birds and development of educational items. There are many ways that you can donate to us; you can use PayPal, write a check or give us cash. Also, if you'd like, you can buy food for our wonderful Bird Ambassadors through our account at Layne Labs. We truly appreciate your consideration when making a donation.