I love watching birds, and I’ll bet you do too. But unlike Deer Cloud, the protagonist in my new book Peyote Fire about the Archaic Lower Pecos, and his band (aptly named the Bird Wing), I don’t recognize many bird calls. So I’m trying to learn the way we do it today–watching videos online. Deer Cloud and the Bird Wing would have known the calls of all the birds in their region of canyons and rivers as easily as we know TV sitcoms. They simply would have grown up immersed in this knowledge. If you’d like to try to recapture some of that ancient knowledge, listen to this video from the Cornell Ornithological Lab to learn the different calls of owls.
Watch this live Great Horned Owl cam to see owls in action, live.
My book is going through final revisions this spring, with an ETA of Summer 2014! You can bet I’ll hoot and holler when it’s done!
Cheers, and have a wonderful New Year’s!