I went to a talk by Terry from the Wirral owl sanctuary at Pensby Library on Thursday.
He brought along some of his owls including a Barn Owl (Tyto alba) .
A Tawny Owl (Strix aluco)
And a Eurasian Eagle Owl (Bubo bubo). Tthe Eagle Owl is becoming more common in the UK and is showing signs that it is becoming established, mirroring the recent rapid increase in the Buzzard population with which it shares some similarities, particularly prey and habitat.
This Eagle Owl has a wingspan of 5' 2" but thay can be up to 7'.
According to a BBC TV programme (2005), a pair bred for several years in a valley in Ministry of Defence land in North Yorkshire. At the time the program was made, they had reared 20 young to independence, and three young were in the nest. The female was illegally shot dead in 2006. Nothing was known of what happened to those 20 young, except that one of them electrocuted itself on power lines in Shropshire. Another bird has been sighted several times in Heaton, Bolton, Lancashire. The BBC also reported a pair nesting and aggressively protecting their brood from dog-walkers on a nearby footpath in Lancashire, England, in late May 2007. A new pair in Bowland, Lancashire, have been attracting public attention due to having successfully reared three young to flight. There have also been reports of a further two pairs active in the local area as well as another pair breeding chicks in Northumberland in 2005. Eagle Owls have also been confirmed breeding in Scotland, with sightings of wild birds confirmed in Galloway, Invernesshire, and Sutherland. The World Owl Trust now believes that the Eagle Owl should be added to the British Ornithologists Union's list of official British birds - indicating the significance of the increase in wild pairs in Britain. (Information from Wikipedia)
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