Long Ears

Correction - this is a long eared owl... (not my picture either)

Just worth noting that while walking round my traps on Easter day, I put up a long eared owl from the woodcock strip. It flew past me at very close quarters and I was left with the impression of a small, honey coloured bird with red eyes and black eyebrows. I had never seen a long eared owl before, but there was no mistaking it. It is the latest of a number of bird species who have moved into the woodcock strip since I started thinning it out two years ago, and while it’s probably not great for young poults in that area, I was quite pleased to find the fourth owl species on the Chayne, after barns, tawnies and short ears.


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