Owl Spotting

Monday 21st May 2007
This evening I took a drive at dusk around the local riverside villages looking for owls.

Elmore
The first owl was at Elmore, where a Little Owl was perched on one of the telegraph poles near the junction of the lane to Stonebench (SO790147). At Kenton Green, a Cuckoo was calling from the direction of Hockley Hill, which was probably the same bird I saw on Saturday.

Longney
Another Cuckoo was calling a bit further on at Longney near Hill Farm from the direction of, and possibly on the other side of, the river. The trump bird was a Tawny Owl perched on a 30mph sign at Churchend (SO762128), only a few feet from the car as I kerb-crawled by. Also at Churched end, near the church, another Little Owl was perched on a pole (SO762126).

Hardwicke
Finally. near Hardwicke Farm, two Tawny Owls were calling, one from Hardwicke Farm covert (SO787136) and another to the south-east, from the direction of the canal.

Totals:
Little Owls - 2
Tawny Owls - 3
Plus 2 Cuckoos

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