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Hampshire UK

Tawny Owls – calling by day?

For the last couple of weeks we’ve been hearing Tawny Owls calling almost hourly during any sunny days. This seems quite unusual as we traditionally think of owls as only being active at nightime.

Although most people think the twit-twoo is just one bird it’s apparently the female and male communicating together. The female starts it off with the twit (or “ke-wick”) and the male continues with the twoo. We’ve tried to take a good photo of them and although we can get fairly close they don’t call regularly enough to work out exactly where they are…

Here’s an article that discusses tawny owls calling by day. http://britishbirds.co.uk/news-and-comment/daylight-calling-by-tawny-owls-an-update

Update: as of 31/03/2014 the tawny owls are still calling by day.

Author: Jackson

Jackson is a young person with an active interest in natural history. He has been asked to be a Local Patch Reporter, writing a regular nature blog about the wildlife in his area for BBC Wildlife Magazine.

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