Little owl

Having spent a lot of time in Greece, I am very familiar with the Little owl (Athene noctua) which is very common there and have spent many an afternoon watching them on the Greek islands. They are probably the easiest owl to watch largely thanks to their habits of sitting out during the daytime, especially when the weather is warm. However, I see them far less in England although it is now quite a common species after its introduction here over 150 years ago. Today, I went to a local spot where a pair nest in a dry stone wall each year. The male was there sat on his wall enjoying some sunshine although I didn’t see any sign of the female.

Little owl (Athene noctua) (C) Matt Wilson

Little owl (Athene noctua) (C) Matt Wilson

Little owl (Athene noctua) (C) Matt Wilson

Little owl (Athene noctua) (C) Matt Wilson

Little owl (Athene noctua) (C) Matt Wilson

Little owl (Athene noctua) (C) Matt Wilson

By Matt Wilson

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