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

Friday, 28 April 2017

Three from Five

Our first Long-eared Owl pulli of the year on todays ringing & nest inspection visits.

 Feisty ! Lunging, bill clacking & spreading developing wings - all part of their defensive strategy.
 nicely settled down ready for rings to go on

processed & ready to go back up the tree

 several Kes clutches of 6

 The Dunce hiding in the corner.

 Who ya lookin at ?

Clutch of 5 eggs & a good cache of mammal prey.

Tawny Owls doing well in the caviy

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Wobbly Leo season

Another 5 BiggLuggs territories checked last night -
3 blanks & the 2 with contacts, were not telling me much.
After studying this species for 20 years I cant fathom out what accounts for so many consecutive poor or blank breeding seasons ?  (neighbouring Kestrel & Barn Owl all fine)
why the sudden exodus this winter of usually resident pairs....
Its clear some birds have not returned to traditional territories (some occupied since 1950's & presumably a fair while before)
This week generally sees the first eggs laid.
I know a few pairs are looking very likely to lay - but the years of confirming fledging for 40-50 pairs seem a distant memory.