|Long eared Owl (c.OOS)|
It's Long eared Owls I am really after: the pursuit of nocturnal birds on the island of Ireland is somewhat challenging: not too many species to choose from and then their is scarcity of those that do occur, the Barn Owl being a case in point. Long eared Owl is relatively common in Irish woodland.. they have no competition from the likes of Tawny Owl, as happens in the UK.
They are not great in the vocalisation department though.. however the young have a distinctive call , the so called food begging call, which can be heard by day as well as at dusk. The bird books refer to it as sounding like a squeky, unoiled hinge or gate. Now is the time to listen out for this food call: 'a whining, metallic 'zeen'. We would love to hear of any observations, e mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have anything to report.
|Great Tit (c. OOS)|
A few nestboxes are occupied, a pair of Great Tits make the short flight from their box on an old Sycamore to the Peanut feeder.. A protein boost for busy parents: the pursuit of inverts., or creepy crawlies will begin in earnest when the young hatch.
I have refilled the Nyjer feeder, the Siskins and Greenfinches are regular enough visitors, a great chance to see them and compare their size and plumage.
|Siskin on the left, and Greenfinch. (c.OOS)|