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

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.

1 comment:

Richard Pegler said...

Sorry to hear that news, Stevie. It must be very worrying. Can't comment on the situation with LEOs locally as they're a rarity anyway! Hoping that you get some good surprises soon - - Richard