Little owls video


This video shows a little owl in the Netherlands, calling to its partner.

Erik Veldkamp made the video.

Barn owls on Texel island


In this 2013 video, a male barn owl brings a shrew to his partner in a nest box on Texel island.

Translated from Ecomare museum on Texel in the Netherlands today:

In 2009, 1820 barn owl couples were counted in the Netherlands, of which two on Texel. Barn owls like to eat common voles. This vole species is not present on the island. But since 2006 there are greater white-toothed shrews and barn owls think they are tasty as well. In 2014 there were 16 breeding pairs on the island, and 53 young owls hatched. Now 70 nesting boxes hang scattered across the island.

Great grey owls of Finland photos


This video is called Pine Grosbeak (Pinicola enucleator). These birds starred in my earlier blog post about northern Finland on 14 March 2015.

This video from Finland is called Great Grey Owl (Strix nebulosa) flies towards the camera and eats a mouse.

To see great grey owls that day, we left Kuusamo and went to a roadside not so far away.

Great grey owl, 14 March 2015

There, on a coniferous tree, sat a great grey owl.

Our Finnature guide put a dead shrew on the snow to attract the owl. Though most carnivores don’t really like shrews, preferring mice, the owl did come to eat it.

Meanwhile, a greenfinch sang.

Then, a dead vole was put on the snow to attract the owl again from its tree.

We went back to the pine grosbeaks of Kuusamo. Three herring gulls flying overhead. Rather far from the sea where one might expect them.

Then, back to the great grey owl.

There turned out to be not one, but two great grey owls; mates?

Great grey owl on birch tree, 14 March 2015

One of them sat in a birch tree. Later, it moved to a utility pole; from where it flew repeatedly, trying to catch small mammals.

The other great grey owl still sat close to the road; and reacted to food on the snow.

Great grey owl landing, 14 March 2015

The owl landed.

Great grey owl on the snow, 14 March 2015

It caught the dead small mammal.

Great grey owl, on 14 March 2015

And ate it.

Living pine grosbeaks, living Arctic redpoll, wooden owls


Owl sculpture in Hannu Hautala's garden, 14 March 2014

After 13 March 2015 in north-east Finland came 14 March 2015 there. We went to the garden of well-known Finnish bird photographer Hannu Hautala in Kuusamo. Wooden sculptures of owls near the entrance.

Owl sculpture in Hannu Hautala's garden, on 14 March 2014

In a Swedish service tree, there are berries. They attract birds: a juvenile pine grosbeak, an adult male pine grosbeak …

Pine grosbeak male, 14 March 2015

… an adult female …

Pine grosbeak female, 14 March 2015

and an Arctic redpoll (pictured here with the female pine grosbeak).

Pine grosbeak female and Arctic redpoll, 14 March 2015

Arctic redpoll, 14 March 2015

The Arctic redpoll stayed for a long time in the tree.

Arctic redpoll, on 14 March 2015

These birds were beautiful. So were the wooden owls. However, we also wanted to see living owls. So, we left. Stay tuned!

Owl nest webcam updates from the United States


This video from the USA is called Baby Barred Owl with Barred Owl Adults Hooting.

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA:

With the return of spring, two beloved cams—the Barn Owl cam in Texas and the Wild Birds Unlimited Barred Owl cam in Indiana—are back online and the excitement is building. Two eggs have been laid at the Barred Owl cam (watch highlight as the second egg is revealed), with a possible third on the way. We’ve also upgraded the view to full HD and improved the sound quality. Tune in to see the owls incubating and to hear the sounds of a midwestern woodland come to life.

Meanwhile, the Texas Barn Owls laid their first egg on the same day as the Cornell Hawks and may lay as many as 4-6 more in the coming days (watch highlight). We have a new cam positioned outside the entrance of a redesigned nest box that improves lighting and viewing angles. It’s been enlightening to see how often the male perches outside while the female stays within.

With nighttime viewing on both cams, you can watch 24/7—don’t miss a moment of the lives of these engaging owls!

On the Savannah Great Horned Owl cam the owlets are still spending time on camera, and the youngest has yet to leave the nest. The oldest owlet is exploring more of the nest tree and has started to climb higher up the surrounding branches (check out the highlight), sometimes flying from branch to branch. Mom has been calling to her young from nearby, possibly encouraging them to branch. Watch cam.

New book about owls


This video is called True Facts About The Owl.

From The Sound Approach site:

Undiscovered owls – Magnus Robb and the Sound Approach invite you into the mysterious, magical and twilight world of owls.

Undiscovered owls will be available to purchase in April 2015, however you can PRE-PURCHASE your copy NOW and have it delivered the moment it arrives at Sound Approach HQ.

Explore the twilight world of owls that you can hear in your garden, the park or woods with this lyrical investigation into their sounds. Listen to previously unpublished digital stereo recordings of the owls of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, illustrated with annotated sonograms. Enjoy paintings and photographs, often of the individuals recorded. Learn how to research into evolution, behaviour and sounds invite us to recognise a dozen new owl species.

Share the thrill of closing in on a huge fish owl found only a handful of times before, the rarest owl in our region. Travel to rugged desert mountains, where the authors chanced upon a previously undiscovered owl, the first new Arabian bird species for nearly 80 years. Learn to listen like an owl and maybe you could find the next one.

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