Owls are one of the first species of birds to pair and breed in the spring. This is because they can spot their prey more easily while the grass is short. It takes a lot of food to raise a family so  it makes sense to breed when food is more easily available. Owls can be noisy at this time of year while establishing territories and finding a mate.

There is a barn owl which can be regularly seen at the bottom of Cold Harbour Lane. Owls are creatures of habit and can often be spotted in the same place at the same time each day.

The other morning Paul spotted a barn owl at Cold Harbour on a buddlea bush about 5 metres from his truck. It sat there and looked at him while he drove by and reversed back to have another look and then decided to fly off when he was fiddling with his phone to try and take a picture.


#1 Owls on the moveBryn Jones 2009-02-20 09:41
I wonder if the owl at the bottom of Cold Harbour Lane is the same one that until a couple of years ago lived in the copse between Grange Farm and Finchcroft House. We think that they bred there as you could detect the sound of the owlet or young owl screeching to be fed. I also saw a barn owl while playing (badly) on Skipsea golf course recently in the middle of the day. It wasn\'t in the least shy as it came out foraging for and finding food on the golf course.

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