Noisy owls

Tomorrow I’m heading up to Scotland for a succession of surveys and meetings with electricians, roofers, architects et al…! I don’t think I’ll get the chance to stop on the way, but often, when I arrive after dark, the first bird I am aware of is a tawny owl. There are resident tawny owls in the wood behind the house and there harsh calls, including the well-known hoot, can regularly be heard.

Tawny owl is one of those species, like Cetti’s warbler, that is more often seen than heard. I was lucky to see some at Sculthorpe Moor this year, but I rarely get a close encounter: I still remember the thrill of seeing a family of them in an urban setting near Warrington when I was a teenager.

One of the owls at Sculthorpe Moor earlier this year

No new species for December 11th:

Birds = 229
Moths = 259
Wildflowers = 291