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

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

fem Long-eared Owl brooding young

Travelled outside my local area to carry out a couple of checks in the very strong unseasonal wind today.

this female was enjoying the sun while she swayed back & forth on the nest :-

This pair have chosen an old & somewhat exposed Crows nest, in little more than a spindley sapling to use to raise their young.
This is one of @ 8 pairs in the Durham City district, the species being widespread, though largely undetected in undisturbed woods & thickets, with rough grassland & pasture, across much of the County, with over 100 pairs ranging from sea-level up onto the open Pennine moorlands.
Two more were also sitting tight, but at a fourth location all didnt appear well -
This pair are using crows nest right up near the apex of a tall Larch on the edge of a commercial block.
The tree was swaying violently, loads of down feather stuck on the branches, but through the scope i couldnt see any sign of the adult bird sitting, nor any sign of young birds near the nest....

I hope ive got my dates wrong for this lot, will have to revisit when this wind finishes blowing - fingers crossed theyve moved under their own steam.....

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