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.

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