Friday, 20 January 2012

A few more nights of Owling proved Successful at Derwent Forest aka the Dump. Up to 5 Short-eared Owl, 2 Barn Owl and a minimum of 2 Tawny Owls calling. Loads of Woodcock seem to be around.
On one occasion i got there at 4pm and immediately saw Shorties Hunting and a Barn Owl, great scope views in the light, the Shorties also tended to land on buildings and in the trees on occasions.
Now Ive come to the conclusion that the Shorties are hunting in the dump but at least 3 of them are heading off to Soddy Gap to roost after dark as that's the way they keep going every night.
There's plenty of good habitat for them to roost and in previous years Ive found them roosting in trees and in the marsh.
Owls are just tremendous.
Plenty of folk have been to see the Owls now and i think they have all gone away very happy. A couple more nights of Owling hopefully before going away.

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