Owls compensate for poor reptile weather

March can be a great month to observe reptiles but this year it hasn’t with most of the suitable days being when I’ve been at work. However, to make up for this the Little owls (Athene noctua) at several local sites have been showing well recently, as has a male Tawny owl (Strix aluco) near my house who has been calling a lot recently and bringing food for the female who is now incubating her eggs. Some short-eared owls (Asio flammeus) have been seen locally over the past few weeks but no sign of long-eared owl (Asio otus) which breed in my area.

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
Male tawny owl (Strix aluco) (C) Matt Wilson
Male tawny owl (Strix aluco) (C) Matt Wilson
Male tawny owl (Strix aluco) (C) Matt Wilson
Male tawny owl (Strix aluco) (C) Matt Wilson
Male tawny owl (Strix aluco) (C) Matt Wilson
Male tawny owl (Strix aluco) (C) Matt Wilson
Male tawny owl (Strix aluco) calling (C) Matt Wilson
Male tawny owl (Strix aluco) calling (C) Matt Wilson
Lapwings (Vanellus vanellus) (C) Matt Wilson
Lapwings (Vanellus vanellus) (C) Matt Wilson
Lapwings (Vanellus vanellus) (C) Matt Wilson
Lapwings (Vanellus vanellus) (C) Matt Wilson
Curlew (Numenius arquata) (C) Matt Wilson
Curlew (Numenius arquata) (C) Matt Wilson

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