All in a Day’s Work

I got to visit with a  rare peregrine gyrfalcon named Malachi; Patrick, the American kestrel; and a Eastern screech owl named Rhiannon today, as part of the Environmental Educators Symposium taking place at the museum.  The falcon was better trained than my dogs and calmly spread his wings and shook out his tail upon the command, “show her your wings.”  The kestrel, apparently, is the only bird able to “hover” like a hummingbird, though being a raptor and a hunter, his hovering is a bit more diabolical in nature.  Then, my favorite, Rhiannon the screech owl, went through a vigorous nesting dance when placed back in her box.  Isn’t her camouflage amazing?