Monday, May 18, 2009

Karearea, the NZ Falcon



WOW!!! Today Mr Noble spotted a rare NZ Falcon sitting in the tree outside our staffroom. It had just swooped in and killed a sparrow. As we watched it tore the poor sparrow apart, then proceeded to devour the hapless creature. Luckily for us, Rooms 19, 19, and 20 got to watch the grisly scene.
I was totally gobsmacked. The NZ falcon is a very rare forest bird. It is a type of goshawk which means it preys on other birds by swooping through the trees. It is smaller than the Australasian Harrier, which is what we normally see around eating carrion on the side of the road.
I just can't help wondering what such a rare forest bird was doing in our school in the middle of town.

Can you make a hypothesis as to why such a rare forest bird might be in Hamilton?
Describe any connections you can make to your personal prior knowledge? e.g. Have you ever been bird watching or seen other rare endemic NZ birds?

14 comments:

Bobby said...

yes that was a great learning experience

G gangster said...

I agree with bobby.
And dont you mean 18,19 and 20?:]

i couldn't think of one... said...

I dont really think it was a learning experiance but I was amazed to see that. (even though I barely got to see it cuz im too short)

And G Gangster was right, on your blog it says 19, 19, 20, when it should say 18, 19, 20. LOL!

i couldn't think of one... said...

Oops I spellt 'expreience' wrong lol sorry.

MrWoody said...

well spotted you guys - i can't really count reliably beyond 8 so I thought I did quite well to use such big numbers ;-)

pinky said...

I felt kind of sorry for the poor little sparrow. Then again, the N.Z falcon is very rare. It might be a good arguement topic.

MrWoody said...

Great suggestion, Pinky. Very good connection making.

Little Miss Room 18 said...

Yes it was a very good learning experience though i don't know why the rear falcon would come to such a crowded place.

jjdragonrider said...

it might have come becaue of all th fruit on the trees like the berries and maybe because there are lots of trees as well

horseluva4 said...

I'm shorter than you I Couldn't Think Of One but I saw perfectly well. As Pinky said the falcon eating the sparrow, feel sorry or not feel sorry, would make a good argument topic.

(Mr Woody, you said 19, 19 and 20 instead of 18, 19 and 20.)

Rainbows and GreenGrass said...

Yeah that was cool seeing that birdy. But I didn't really understand what it was.

Bye

miss south africa said...

That was really cool seeing that bird, but it was sad that it was eating another bird.

Craig Steed said...

That is a real treat! Wow, lucky you. I have only seen falcon in the South Island and never been fortunate enough to see them in the north. So for you to see one outside your class was exceptional cool.

MrWoody said...

it was my 3rd one, Craig. One in Pirongia many years ago and one at Kawhia last year. Very Cool !