Thursday, 11 December 2008

Long-eared Owl Roosts

Piles of grey pellets and masses of white splash on the trunks of trees and on the ground beneath them in urban areas usually mean one thing: a winter roost of Long-eared Owls Asio otus. When looking for such roosts do not waste time checking every tree and peering up into foliage, rather scan the ground beneath the trees and check those that have such signs below them. As a rule, the further east one travels in Europe the larger such roosts are. Long-eared Owls usually gather in roosts from late October through to March. This photo taken in Serbia (November 2008).

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