NPR identifies “American’s dumbest-sounding birds”

NPR posted a very funny video identifying the most ridiculous-sounding North American birds.

Included are the Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica), Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocophalus), the American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus), the Northern Barred Owl (Strix varia), and Willow Ptarmigan (Lagopus lagopus).

Who knew that predators like the Bald Eagle sound so wimpy? Or that that the Atlantic Puffin sounds like a dissatisfied Hardee’s customer?

I’m glad to say that no Monk Parakeets (Myiopsitta Monachus) made this list. Their calls are strident and often incomprehensible — that’s for sure — but in no way are they dumb-sounding.



What do you do with four homeless baby owls?

Up in Milton, Massachussettes, the Blue Hills Trailside Museum had a big problem this past may when four baby owls were ejected out of their nest by high winds. Fortunately, the museum’s staff had a lot of experience with this kind of problem, having placed more than 3,000 young hawks and owls into foster nets over the years.

After a little Yankee ingenuity — in the form of a new nest box affixed to an adjacen tree — was employed, the owlets’ parents happily moved in. Now all appears well for the young ones. You can read the complete story here:

Massachussetes Audubon has a great guide for people who happen upon a baby bird who’s fallen out of the nest. Check it out: