Long-eared Owls well into their breeding cycle now - so a bit saddened to hear local birds are again being flushed . . .
Theres absolutely no need to disturb them at their daytime roosts, & its imperative that they arent, especially now during their nest selection period.
We can confirm nest occupation in likely nests by viewing incubating females (ear tufts & tails vis over nest rim) or on evening visits by pin pointing where theyre calling from, while incubating.
The bird in the pic was watched from a public footpath.
Note its posture & shape of the facial disc - this shows us this bird is completely at ease & unaware of the observers prescence.
This ones clocked us but is barely bothered - eyes half shut, dumpy posture, semi-relaxed facial disc etc