Thursday, 28 January 2021

More Owls

The local Short-eared Owls have now been present over three months and have given good value to the locals during our lockdown walks of late. It's been great to witness the interest from non birders too.

Both birds appear to be male and one shows what I consider diagnostic signs of a juvenile or first winter bird with the deep v in the central tail feather bar. They sometimes roost together and sometimes roost as far apart as possible within the park. When they come together they are very vocal and often show what looks like aggression to each other, almost defending hunting territory. I always enjoy watching Shorties but these being so close to home have permitted a real appreciation of their behaviour. 

A few more images......

Short-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl


Oh and in other news I had a male Blackcap in the garden yesterday for another year tick.

Year list now 105 

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