Birds of Prey Land @ Countrywood

The Eastern Screech owl seems fixated on our Countrywood Kindergartener.
The Eastern Screech owl seems fixated on our Countrywood Kindergartener.
Our kindergartners have been learning about our local birds of prey, but there’s nothing quite like getting a close-up encounter.
Our kindergartners have been learning about our local birds of prey, but there’s nothing quite like getting a close-up encounter.
This young student gets a view most of us will never see, as Barred Owls roost quietly in forest trees during the day, and hunt small animals, especially rodents, at night.
This young student gets a view most of us will never see, as Barred Owls roost quietly in forest trees during the day, and hunt small animals, especially rodents, at night.
The Barred Owl is easiest to find when they are active at night—they’re a lot easier to hear than to see.
The Barred Owl is easiest to find when they are active at night—they’re a lot easier to hear than to see.
Owls are known as silent predators of the night, capable of flying just inches from their prey without being detected. The quietness of their flight is owed to their specialized feathers.
Owls are known as silent predators of the night, capable of flying just inches from their prey without being detected. The quietness of their flight is owed to their specialized feathers.
The Great Horned Owl is one of the most common owls in North America, equally at home in deserts, wetlands, forests, grasslands, backyards, cities, and almost any other semi-open habitat between the Arctic and the tropics.
The Great Horned Owl is one of the most common owls in North America, equally at home in deserts, wetlands, forests, grasslands, backyards, cities, and almost any other semi-open habitat between the Arctic and the tropics.
The best way to find a Red-tailed Hawk is to go for a drive along the Northern State parkway where you will find them perched on top of the lamp posts…or visit Sweetbriar Nature Preserve in Smithtown. http://sweetbriarnc.org/
The best way to find a Red-tailed Hawk is to go for a drive along the Northern State parkway where you will find them perched on top of the lamp posts…or visit Sweetbriar Nature Preserve in Smithtown. http://sweetbriarnc.org/

Recently, Sweetbriar Nature Preserve visitors came to Countrywood with a variety of feathered friends.  During the presentation, kindergartners were introduced to the Eastern Screech owl, Barred owl, Great Horned owl, and a Red Tailed hawk.  The children had been reading, writing, illustrating, and discussing the attributes of various birds and had a great deal of information to share.  It was a wonderful experience for the kindergarten children to see these magnificent birds up close.