barn owl © Adrian George
Monday, 20 February 2012
I have been taking full advantage of trying to catch the short eared owls on my local site when the weather has been good. I went down on Friday evening and put up three nets. Although the owls were out hunting I had not caught after three hours so went home. Last night the wind looked like it was going to calm down so Jason and I headed back over for what may be our last attempt for the owls this winter. 340 foot of netting was erected and we waited. A short eared owl was observed flying over the net twice before sunset so I had high hopes that we might catch this bird after dark, however this was not the case and we didnt catch any shorties. We did catch a fine looking immature female barn owl. A new species for Jason so he left the evening very happy.