14th February 2016

Short Eared Owl- on our last day in North Tyneside we were exceptionally lucky to see a Short Eared Owl, watchful on a fence, in an area of rough grassland. There have been five along that stretch of coast this winter

Short Eared Owl

Short Eared Owl

Short Eared Owl

Short Eared Owl

Short Eared Owl

Short Eared Owl

Short Eared Owl

Short Eared Owl

but sadly, through the wet and rough weather, two were found dead. Short Eared Owls mostly hunt during the night and evening but also during the day. The numbers of these beautiful, big. yellow-eyed owls have declined significantly lately. We had seen one briefly at Druridge Bay earlier in the week but this one was beside a well-used footpath, in full view of many admiring people, as dusk crept in. What a wonderful sight. Conditions: Sunny, with occasional flurries of light snow. Temperature: Max 5- Min 0c.