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

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Rain extends play

Recent deluges impacting on nocturnal hunting

Tuesday nights downpours resulting in Long-eareds hunting throughout much of the following day

Heres a short clip :-

A well advanced youngster singing for his supper

Within a week or so, they'll begin following the adults out on hunting trips - at the moment they remain close to the safety of thick cover.

At the time they begin flying out, they can be incredibly inquisitive, even more so if you happen to have a dog wandering around with you !

Gradually they'll start flying further & further afield - returning to roost together the next morning.

On the whole they'll remain in these family units through the remainder of the year, untill the adult birds start over again the following Spring - even then some can remain in the parents territory as non breeders.

Begging tails off towards the end of July & we seldom hear any after mid August in Co.Durham.
From memory my latest begging juv was @ 20th August

Images courtesy of DK,one of our many keen local owlers.


Andrew Kinghorn said...

DK and me have been getting cracking views past few times we've been. Never get sick of LEO's, now where are thoose Barn Owls!? ;) My lips are sealed.

Stevie Evans ( owler ) said...

There are Barn owls at either end of your home village.

Andrew Kinghorn said...

Aye, I've seen one pair. The ones that are closest to home are somewhat hard to see though.