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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Barn owl at dusk

On Monday afternoon this week we visited friends whose land borders on West Moor near Muchelney. The area has suffered severe flooding recently and many of the fields are still under water. As a result they have been getting some interesting birds closer to the house than usual. These have included lapwings and, the reason we popped over there, Barn Owls. This is especially pleasing as they have put up a barn owl box as part of the Somerset Wildlife project to install a box in every parish in the county.

Anyway, after a walk to the bottom of their garden and a short wait we were rewarded with the sight of a beautiful owl flying over the field and landing on a post where it sat and posed for us. My pictures are rather dark, but then it was 4 .30 pm on a dull day and it was 100yds or so away so I was quite pleased.

I had an email from someone else who said they had seen two barn owls very early in the morning alongside the A303. I think the flooding has meant the more barn owls are being pushed off their usual hunting grounds also, their feathers are not wateproof so they can't hunt when it is raining hard, hence they take every opportunity to hunt when it is dry even in daylight.

 

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