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Friday, 31 October 2014
Long-eared Owl Roost
When looking for the winter roosts of Long-eared Owls Asio otus, do not look up into the trees, but look down at the ground below them. In this photo 100s of pellets and splashes of droppings indicate a major roost of owls above: over 70 birds were present at this site, 12 in this single tree. Conifers are often used, but not exclusively, and at sites where the conifer trees are 'full' owls will use adjacent deciduous trees, even those lacking leaves. Photo taken in a cemetery in South Moravia, Czech Republic, by Gerard Gorman.
A new book on European wildlife signs published September 2014. Click the cover image for more details
WELCOME TO TRACKS & SIGNS
This blog deals with the tracks and signs that wildlife leave. These include foot, hoof, claw and paw prints, trails, dung, scat, sprait, pellets, spawn, eggs, feathers, fur, nests, burrows, dens, bones, food remains etc. Get out there, get tracking and please contribute with comments and photos. Gerard Gorman
Central & Eastern European Wildlife
Gerard Gorman is author of this book, published in 2008 by Bradt. It has sections on Looking For Wildlife and Tracks And Signs.