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Gallery - Owls

[RSPB amber conservation status][More information about Barn Owl][Video clip about Barn Owl][barnowl4]Barn Owl (Tyto alba)

The Barn Owl has been classified as an Amber list species-medium conservation concern.

Nocturnal predator which also hunts in day-light during severe weather or when feeding young.it lives in open country with some trees and also hunts over marshes,ditches and road-side verges,feeding on small mammals,birds and insects.It nests in holes in buildings,trees or cliffs. Go to the video link to see more about Barn Owls from the Barn Owl Trust.

[o27]Ringing Barn Owls

This is a group of photographs that follow the ringing of a adult two year old hen Barn Owl and its supsequent measuring and weight gathering by David Ramsden M.B.E from the Barn Owl Trust.

*PLEASE NOTE* That ringing at the nest is illegal without a nest disturbance licence.This is only issued to an appropiately qualified and experienced person after many years of training.

[Video clip about Eared Owls]Eared Owls

Short and Long-eared Owls are the two Owls with ears seen in the UK. See the Video link for a film from the BTO about these two birds and helping with ID.

[RSPB green conservation status][More information about Long-eared Owl][Video clip about Long-eared Owl][longearedowl8]Long-eared Owl (Asio otus)

Tall and thin when alert but when relaxed becomes fluffed out. lives in woods and hunts after dark in open country for mammals and birds.

[RSPB amber conservation status][More information about Short-eared Owl][Video clip about Short-eared Owl][shortearedowl8]Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)

The Short Eared Owl has been classified as a Amber list species-medium conservation concern.

This owl hunts in daylight over open country where small mammals,especially voles, are abundant.It breeds on moors,in young forestry plantations and in marshes.It nests on the ground among vegetation.

[More information about Little Owl][Video clip about Little Owl][lowl3]Little Owl (Athene noctua)

This small owl which was introduced into the UK in the 19th Century can be seen perched in the open during daylight. It hunts at dusk,after dark and around dawn feeding on insects, small mammals and worms. It lives in a variety of habitats including farmland,orchards and quarries.

[RSPB green conservation status][More information about Tawny Owl][Video clip about Tawny Owl][tawny4]Tawny Owl (Strix aluco)

This plump woodland owl rarley flies in day light and is best known for its hooting song.It feeds on small mammals and also takes birds,insects and worms.It nests in holes in trees or old nests of other large species. Watch the video from Ian McGuire to find out more.

[More information about Snowy Owl][Video clip about Snowy Owl][snowyowl1]Snowy Owl (Nyctea scandiaca)

A lost bird fom Scandinavia or Iceland.

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