Tawny Owl Chicks

There’s an old canal that runs alongside our house. It is long since defunct and was drained in the 19th Century.  The old canal now has lots of quite mature trees growing in it and alongside it.

About a month ago, we started to hear loud, unusual bird calls, from as early as 5pm and continuing all night. We recorded them and friends identified the calls as those of tawny owl chicks.

A week or so ago, the chicks’ calls started to move about a bit. Then we had our first sighting. It has been very difficult to get any decent footage of them but finally we got this. The chick looks directly at the camera before flying away. Our first close encounter with a tawny owl chick.

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