Lockdown Diary: Sunday 17.5.20

The Government has said we can ‘go out birding’, as long as we are sensible and observe the appropriate and safe distancing measures. So, when I heard about some baby Long-eared Owls not too far from home, my son Eddie and I did some exercising togethe...

The Government has said we can ‘go out birding’, as long as we are sensible and observe the appropriate and safe distancing measures. So, when I heard about some baby Long-eared Owls not too far from home, my son Eddie and I did some exercising together, with binoculars around our necks, yesterday evening, around sun-down.
Almost immediately we saw a hunting Barn Owl, and not too long after saw our first (and only) baby Long-eared Owl of the evening. It was one of the smallest baby LeOs I have ever seen. So cute!

Baby Long-eared Owl (Mike Weedon)
As the darkness grew we heard the famous creaky door squeaking (the begging call of the youngsters), and even were lucky enough to see the silhouette of an adult Long-eared Owl visit the tree the squeaking was coming from. Wonderful stuff.