In Dusk We Trust - Some Owling in Co.Durham, North East England, Great Britain
Leucistic Little Owl image copyright Hilary Chambers, Durham.

Friday, 28 May 2010

Along Long Edge

Long Edge area

fem greenland Wheatear,
2Tree Sparrow,
mRedstart singing from fence at small plantation
sev Goldcrest & Coal Tit - unaffected by the winter snow under the shelter of the 60-70' Spruces.
mLong-eared Owl in reg loc - trees 60' plus - No chance of an image under dark canopy

Pleasing to find min of 4m2f Tree Pipit,

not much song or display, the males all busy collecting food, seemed to be mostly caterpillars

male with food

100m further on had to cut across to avoid a boggy area, another male showed

& chanced upon a nest, as i paused by a large stump to scan for Nightjar (again)

Back into cover of the woods as rain & hail came . . .

Tawny Owl - 2 juvs at stick nest in Scots Pine.

Chick in nest - at first glance through bins, i thought the feathers sticking up belonged to the head of a female Long-eard....

Tawny in stick nest in Scots Pine
NB: Looks like the bottom of the nest is gonna fall through at any moment !

out & about

This is the best chance ive had to see Tawny using a stick nest, as more often than not theyre tucked out of sight.
Not sure, but i think its a "multiple" pigeon nests, rather than a corvids ?

As i retreated the young both began to beg for food - this was 2:30 in the afternoon.
Im pretty sure many Tawnies can hunt at any time - would have stayed to see if an adult came in, but it tipped it down with hail stones, so i headed back.

signs close to the male Long-eared Owl's roost

Another babe in the woods . . . the things you find if you go down to the woods . . .

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