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

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Safe & sounds

An evening visit to check up on a pair of A.otus in a coastal area.

These birds have been interfered with in previous years, a clutch lost & chicks taken from the nest, as well as the nest tree being vandalised.

With school half-term looming large next week  (the week when some local stuff usually goes missing or gets trashed) , it was something of a relief to see where the pair had chosen this year.

nest in centre of image, a quarter of the way down - i wouldnt fancy climbing that one !
Swaying steadily back & forth towards the top of a spindly & very poorly formed (the one with the crazy bend to the right) Scots Pine.
The females tail just visible over the brim - no-one would get to this without a set of climbing irons.

Unusually the male was singing close by when i arrived, & he continued steadily for 10 mins.
A noisy & very busy family of Crows made a right racket over the wood, soaring & chasing for a good while - i wonder if this was keeping the male bird under cover rather than the dismall, cold, wet windy weather.....?

The evening was so dull & damp that i was home well before 10pm. March & April were far more pleasant !

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