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

Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Prowl 29 June 2010

"a ya not out owlin" phone call was just the prompt i needed -

i had become comfortable on the recliner as 'she' was not due in till Dark o'clock, but fortunately returned early.

So, up, off, out.
Had 90 mins light, but by the time i got back it was almost Light o'clock.

Found another Fox earth (5 this season) - 2 good size cubs close to home

Owling session last night in northern section of  NZ34:

Houghton: 1Barn Owl, 2ad1juv Little Owl, pr+2juv Long-eared Owl, 2Fox

Low Haining: 3ad2juv Little Owl

Warden Law: 2pr Tawny owl + young, 3 reeling Grasshopper Warbler, juv Long-eared Owl(new site).

Sharpley: 2pr Tawny owl + young, 1Quail, 3 reeling Grasshopper Warbler.

Carr House Fm: 1Little Owl, ad + juv Tawny owl.

Seaton Pond area: 1 roadside Barn owl, 4 reeling Grasshopper Warbler, 1Little owl, 1Tawny owl, juv Long-eared owl.

Seaton Bank Top: 1Tawny owl, 2 reeling Grasshopper Warbler.

Owling session last night in north east corner of NZ24

Brasside: 2pr each of Tawny & Little with young, 2juv Long-eared owl, 1roding Woodcock, 2 reeling Grasshopper Warbler.

Pity Me: single adult Tawny & Little owl

Hartside: Barn owl heard, 1ad Tawny owl

Edmondsley: 1Tawny, 2ad,1juv Little owl

Waldridge area: 2juv Long-eared Owl, roding Woodcock, 2reeling Grasshopper Warbler, 2pr Tawny owl with young

Plawsworth: ad Little owl & juvs, 2pr Tawny owl with young

Cocken: ad Little Owl, 1Whimbrel, juv Tawny owl, juv Long-eared owl (new site)

Saw all 4 owl species,
but majority of registrations (obviously) being on call only due to late-ish start.


11 Locations with Little owl  (4pr with young)

15 Locations with Tawny owl  (10pr with young)

3 Locations with Barn owl  (1pr with young)

4 Locations with  Long-eared owl  (4pr with young)

Quail, Whimbrel,
roding Woodcock,
a reasonable 18 reeling Grasshopper Warbler, but several regular spots vacant
also 2 Fox, 1Hare, barking Roe Buck.

at least half a dozen regular Leo locations with no calling young
although 2 of the 4 sites with calling young were "new" sites in relatively well covered areas . . . .


Folk regularly ask where can go to find some owls . . . .

There's nothing particularly special about the area covered last night - mixed farmland & scattered wood -  similar habitat exists over much of the county

This is my favourite method at this time of year:-

a drive round in the dark, on a flat calm night - pin point what it is you're interested in
 - then go back the next evening & enjoy them before the light goes.

Hardest part is not falling alseep on the final furlong.

Otherwise, speculative checks from 19:30 onwards on a mild, calm evenings should pay off.


I would be interested to hear from anyone :-

watching Barn owls utilising Limestone cavities

& any information on any owls close to the moorland edge in England

or any Durham breeding Leos, especially so from west of the County.

mob 079 79 60 1231

Living dangerously

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