In Dusk We Trust - Some Owling in Co.Durham, North East England, Great Britain

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

19 Jan 2010 - Barn Owls & Snow

A few recent reports of Barn Owls hunting over the snowy western side of Durham . . .



pic by Davy Johnson.

We're waiting for the white stuff to clear up a bit, before we get on with the nextbatch of boxes.

Pic below from Derek The Finch showing a bird with prey



it dived through that deep snow to catch its prize.

A couple of new BO pairs have come to light up there recently, with Mr Gavsterley locating a pair hunting yestday afternoon close to moorland edge @ 250/300 m/asl.
These are faring okay, but what above those further way out west & a lot higher up . . .
We found a Barnie roosting late in 2008 at 460m/asl (the highest elevated county record to date) - it made it through a couple of weeks of snow cover last year - not sure how it will have managed since mid December though . . .

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NB: Heres a link to todays article from national Barn Owl expert Colin Shawyer

http://www.bocn.org/news

1 comment:

Andrew Kinghorn said...

Look forward to reading your blog mate.