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Breeding Long-eared Owls on North Uist

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Breeding Long-eared Owls on North Uist

Post by BrianR » 23 Jun 2016, 20:46

A week or so ago Chris Mills with his birding group from Norfolk found a pair of Long-eared Owls feeding a youngster in the plantation at Clachan Farm - 'the youngster moving around but probably not quite flying yet with both adults feeding'. Now is the time to listen out for the begging-calls of young - a very distinctive 'squeaky-gate' sound that is audible over a considerable distance. Long-eared Owls are scarce breeders on the Uists but last year was particularly good on North Uist with young heard at several places.

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Re: Breeding Long-eared Owls on North Uist

Post by MisterT » 23 Jun 2016, 21:24

Jeremy Wilson heard the begging calls of young Long-eared Owls while staying at Langass Lodge earlier this week. There have also been sightings of Long-eared owl here at Askernish.

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Re: Breeding Long-eared Owls on North Uist

Post by BrianR » 24 Jun 2016, 09:37

Last evening nothing heard in Langass Woods where present last year but maybe I was too early in the evening. The bird/s Jeremy heard in the plantation at Langass were calling after 22.30 hours.

Another scarce breeding bird for us is the Water Rail and they continue to call in the marsh at Carinish. This morning one was using its courtship-song - several hard notes followed by a trill. According to one source in BWP this is used February-August, primarily to strengthen pair-bond.

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Re: Breeding Long-eared Owls on North Uist

Post by AndrewS » 24 Jun 2016, 17:33

In a survey of several NU sites in early March there was a pair calling in Langass Woods and a calling male at Langass Lodge. There were also birds present at 2 other sites one with 1 pair and 2 pairs at the other. Clachan Farm is a new site for LEOs in the Uists as far as I'm aware.

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