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Your Wildlife Sightings!

Discussion in 'TalkCeltic Pub' started by cidermaster, May 22, 2014.

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  1. cidermaster Gold Member Gold Member

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    Yes Susan,most probably an Escapee,a number escape every year including down here in North Wales.Over the last 20 years a 2 Great Horned Owls and 2 Eurasian Eagles Owls have escaped from a Small Wildlife Park 2 miles from my home.Thankfully all were safely recaptured after being out for a good few weeks or more.
    The Eurasian Eagle Owl in that cool footage is one of the World's Biggest Owls and are capable of killing Foxes,Cats,Geese,Buzzards,Herring Gulls,Goshawks,Pine Martins,other Owls,Crows,even young Roe Deer among the bigger prey.Though in areas of plenty of Rabbits,Hares and Rats,they would be a huge part of it's diet and medium sized birds.
    A small number of these Magnificent Birds breed in locations scattered in the British Isles,these have generally escaped or been released,though it is thought some birds have arrived on their own steam from mainland Europe.In the past they were regular Breeders in the British Isles.Open Forest,Rocky open Country with some tree cover,Moorland near Forest and Forests being they favourite habitat,but escapees may favour Towns and Parks.
    They can be up to 30 inches long,have a 6 foot Wing Span and weigh up to 4 Kilos!! They do not always have it their own way,as Golden Eagles and White Tailed Eagles sometimes take them as prey.
    I could go and on as i love Eagle Owls and all Owls.
     
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    This morning on my local patch with Ruby Roo of course i got good views of the local Male Peregrine,also a Tree Pipit,a Wheatear,a Stonechat and heard 2 Redpoll buzz over.Just had heavy rain,Hailstone and a thunder storm so i hope to see something that has been brought down this afternoon on the seafront with Ruby Roo,i will let you know if in luck:84:
     
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    That was a very good read Pete you can tell you love them just from the enthusiasm of your post, wow they must be massive if that's the kind of prey they hunt hopefully it flies to my neck of the woods for me to get a picture :)
     
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    An hour before Dusk leading into very early evening or going out just before first light is the best time to see Owls Susan.Our Commonest the Tawny Owl is more often heard than seen and hunts in Wooded areas but can be seen on Telegraph Poles near Wooded areas.
    Our other 4 regular species all hunt in the open,with The Barn Owl being perhaps the most often seen.Many a lucky driver have seen Barn Owls hunting on the roadside or in fields right nest to roads.Barn Owls hunt mostly at dusk and night but can be seen in daylight especially in the winter and if their young need food because of rain at night.
    The Short Eared Owl hunts mostly in day light and loves the Moors.It nests on the ground unlike the Barn and Tawny Owls,and the the hardest regular to see the Long Eared Owl which likes to nest on the edges of Forests,or in Copses,it too hunts in open country.
    That said i have yet to see an Owl myself this year Susan!! And last year,largely because of lock down only saw Tawny Owl.But over the years i have had some cracking views of Owls including a pair of Short Eared Owls hunting and catching voles very near me,then one of them had a spat with a Female Hen Harrier!!
    So Susan find suitable habitat,like Farmland with some rough grass or open Grassland and start looking as dusk closes in,best get there before dusk to get your eyes sharp as light fades.you need luck as well and patience.You may see them on your first or 8th visit etc etc. Also try different locations,your luck will eventually arrive.
    Also listen out in May or June for the squeaky calls of young Tawny Owls in Wooded areas,they sometimes call for their parents in daylight and can be seen.Also whenever birds go crazy with alarm calls in the Woods,this is often a Tawny Owl and sometimes you can see them in a tree.
    Only a matter of time Susan before you tell us on here of seeing an Owl or even a Photo:biggrin:
     
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    Very interesting Pete I will keep my eyes peeled and as you say hopefully it's just a matter of time, seen a clip a while ago of an owl was flying through tree's silently and turning vertical to get through the space's can see it's an amazing predator being so silent in flight the prey wouldn't stand a chance :)
     
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    A few from around the Docks this afternoon.
     
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    We were so lucky,as I posted it’s only the third time in 12 years and it flew round the car and across a field with those huge silent wings, so lucky
     
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    @cidermaster I believe I saw a Barn owl about 12 years ago, I nearly ended up in a ditch because of it. I was driving down to the In-laws in the borders just outside Kelso, when one near smashed right into the windscreen flying from field to field I stupidly just reacted and swerved the car to miss it, thankfully both owl and the car and passengers were all fine but it was a beauty. I think it was a barn owl anyway it looked very white like Harry Potters owl. Interestingly enough this was about 1 or 2 in the afternoon in broad daylight.
     
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    Looks at @bagforlife - A one eyed taxi driver eh ! LOL yeah I spotted it.
     
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    Fingers crossed Good Friend
     
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    :56:
    Not that one eye (great minds think alike) :fear:
     
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    Two great posts there Pete, very interesting and informative. i think i'd need a lie down if i typed that many words in the one go.:56:
     
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    Thanks Sioux :50:
     
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    Guy had one good eye and the other eye was made of glass, hence one eyed chat up merchant I'm taking it scuzzy, at my age it's a compliment
    Still got it :party048:
     
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    indeed :50:
     
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