Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Small Mountain Owls
Like owls? (Who doesn't??) I just got a great new book that details some of my favorites- the wee owls of the mountains. Scott Rashid (bird artist/bander/researcher/rehabilitator) has written and illustrated a wonderful reference on small owls, with detailed chapters on 4 species that inhabit the Rockies (Northern Pygmy, Flammulated, Northern Saw-whet, and Boreal Owls.) Appropriately titled Small Mountain Owls, Scott blends personal stories of his many encounters (often supplemented with detailed illustrations), research findings, and photographs of these secretive owls. There's a lot for anybody to learn here- much of Scott's research represents previously undocumented behaviors and facts about these fascinating birds. Get a copy for yourself and/or an owl fan in your life!