Vernal pool prairies support many species of birds.  Waterfowl and wading birds mostly hunt in and around the pools, when they contain water.  Many species of songbirds live in the surrounding uplands.  Most raptors sail over the prairie, hunting for mammals and birds by day and roosting in nearby trees at night.  Other raptors roost in the day and hunt in the night.  Whooo are they?  Read up and figure out whoooo is whoooo.

Great Egret

The Great Egret is a wading bird with white feathers.  It has a long neck and very long, black legs.  Its bill is long, thick...

Great Blue Heron

The Great Blue Heron is a wading bird.  It has a blue-gray back, black patches on its sides and a gray and white-striped belly.  The...

Mallard

Mallards are medium-sized ducks.  The male and female have different color patterns.  The male has a shiny green head, a narrow white band

Red-tailed Hawk

The Red-tailed Hawk has a dark brown back.  In adults, the chest and the underside of the wings are lighter-colored.  They usually have a

Great Horned Owl

The Great Horned Owl is a bulky bird, with a dark brown body and a white throat.  The brown body is marked with darker spots...

Burrowing Owl

The Burrowing Owl is a small owl with very long legs and a short tail.  The throat is white, while the body is grayish-brown and...

Red-winged Blackbird

The male Red-winged Blackbird is very handsome, with a solid black body and bright red patches on his wings.  The female is streaky brown. 

Western Meadowlark

The Western Meadowlark is brown with a short brown and white tail.  The sides and the lower part of the breast are whitish with flecks...

Killdeer

The Killdeer has a short neck and a chubby, brown body, with a white underside and a brown face.  Two black bands cross the neck...