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

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Rockin around the Christmas trees

A revisit to a Long-eared Owl roost in a plantation on the NW Durham Plateau near Lanchester produced 10 or 11 birds swaying around !

Heres a brief clip with 3 visible :-

An image showing 3 close by:-

A few images from inside the plantation - a different habo type to that which we have in the lowlands at home - its only a few miles away as the owl flies though.
There are several different compartments within the plantations here: 
Scots Pine, Mixed Woodland, natural re-generating Birch scrub, with blocks of Norway & Sitka Spruce with evidence of birds having been in Spruce sections but none located...
The Xmas / New Year period often sees roosts broken up with due to outdoor activities during the holidays 

Heres a few more images from this roost:-

Bit of a chore driving across there & very dodgy parking, but well worth it, even if photo opportunities are vimited.
Bonus birds including several each of Crossbill & Woodcock through the shelterbelts


Rid said...

They are all well hidden Stevie, you must have x-ray eyes mate! Happy new year....

Stevie Evans said...

One of the few occassions where strong winds help when birding
- the strong gusts rock the trees , with birds coming in & out of view as they sway about.
Its not uncommon to spot a " bit" of a bird, only to lose sight of it altogether after shuffling a yard or 2 to try for a clearer view.
( obviously I can see more than I can photograph due to the limitations of my photo-equipment ! )
I don't have the patience I used to, but hope to find a big roost this winter - there seem to be very good numbers of both asio's locally.