In Dusk We Trust - Some Owling in Co.Durham, North East England, Great Britain

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Long & Shortage....

I can remember thinking what a stinker winter 2015 / 2016 was (after very poor Leo nest season) - I considered that to be the worst Owl winter i'd known....


Winter 2016 / 2017 has been worse.... The Worst....

I have never had many concerns about our resident Long-eareds - they were nailed on, Lots of pairs always there, no problem, guaranteed year round...

Not the case now after a series of poor breeding cycles...

So much so this season that I havnt daylight searched any more than 6 locations, with no more than a max of 3 birds... & switched to searching for Jack Snipe as the Bigg Luggs were proving so hard to come by.
For Example, a traditional location where ive had regular double fig roosts, including 18 in a single tree was blank this winter....
Things are picking up & pairs are beginning to call & display - though its obvious some sites are sadly vacant - the populations is certainly at a 20 year low - but, hopefully not for long...



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