Birds of Prey

Messenger photos by Rick Palsgrove
A Red Tail Hawk flaps its wings as Manon Van Schoyck of Ohio Nature Education holds the bird during a presentation about “Birds of Prey” at Groveport’s Heritage Park on June 9. The presentation also included a Great Horned Owl, a Screech Owl, and a Barn Owl. Van Schoyck said birds of prey include eagles, hawks, owls, and falcons and all can be found in Ohio. They are noted by their sharp talons and beaks, big eyes, muted colors, and flying ability. They primarily eat mice, rats, voles, rabbits, squirrels, snakes, and some insects. The Great Horned Owl will also eat skunks. Ohio Nature Education helps animals that are permanently injured and can no longer return to the wild. For information on Ohio Nature Education, visit or email
A Great Horned Owl looks at Van Schoyck as she demonstrates that if humans had eyes like owls our eyes would proportionately be as big as grapefruits.
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