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

By Matt Wilson

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