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

Saturday, 21 May 2011

young Asio otus in the nest

A short post with images from 3 widely spaced active Long-eared Owl nests taken on the same day last week in northern England.
We check these for progress with the goodwill & consent from landowners, prior to visits by licensed ringers.

Clutch of 5 eggs.

single egg and two small young, days old

two young about a week old

There is a slight variation in the timings here this year, but we have previously had branched young out by mid May in previous years.

Nest visits are done as carefully, quickly & discreetly as possible. I have never known any birds desert either while incubating or brooding.

We hope ringing & installation of motion activated cameras will go some way to discouraging thefts & interference, following on from disturbance of Little, Tawny & Long-eared Owl nests, where both eggs & young have been taken.

1 comment:

Richard Pegler said...

Briliant news (and images!) on the LEOs Stevie. Sorry to hear that you've had a problem with eggs and young(!!) being taken. I find it very disturbing that this is still happenening at all in this day and age, but on the scale that your indicating it's extremely upsetting - makes you want to do something equally violent to the b---ards responsible.