Snowy owls have been spotted in Oregon! They are almost a meter tall, and their diet is 90% lemmings, plus voles and other small mammals. They live in the Arctic the rest of the year, but are known to fly south in large numbers every few winters; it’s called an irruption.This year, the numbers are super high, and it is kind of a mystery. One even showed up in Hawaii and they shot it at the airport! It was the first snowy owl there…ever, and they shot it at the airport.
Velociraptors were nocturnal, from a report out today in the journal Science. The researchers examined the scleral rings of more than 160 living species, including birds and reptiles, each with known activity patterns — some that are active at night, others during the day and still others that can swing either way. The structure of the velociraptor’s ring matches up to those that are nocturnal. Surprising, but makes total sense. Read the study here : http://www.sciencemag.org/content/early/2011/04/13/science.1200043