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

Monday, 2 August 2010

Hot air / advanced Leo juvs

Got in today & "she" has installed a new device to catch me out . . .

No longer will i be able to blame the dog . . . .

it is of course an airports infrared camera


Had a couple of hours Sunday evening
still half a dozen Groppers reeling - some in new spots compared with earlier visits - one showing itself clearly on top of a wild rose

Long-eared owl family active - couple of the youngsters now over 200m from the nest site & flying superbly, wheeling & swooping - 1 making a feint & dropping as if to make a strike in the grass, only to pull up at the last moment.
Still havnt perfected the landings though - a couple of "bounce -offs".
 Theyre still prefering the more open Elderberry & dead thorn trees as opposed to the "springy" leaf clad Hawthorns.
Some scum came by shouting on & hoyying cans - the juvs quit begging without any need of a prompt from the adults.
They stayed quiet for a good 10 mins, then started begging again.
Quite a relief to actually see some young have managed to get right up this year.
A couple more weeks then they'll become hard to locate as the begging stops.

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