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Barn Owl

Observed: 22nd December 2010 By: pkd35
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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Caught by surprise - therefore no photograph sadly. I watched a beautiful Barn Owl quartering between 8.30 a.m. until 11.00 a.m. (obviously broad daylight). Hopefully he/she found some food.
Does anyone have any idea about its chances of survival ? Bring on the thaw !!!!!

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barn owl

I'm assuming your barn owl looked like the ones in the other observations. If not, please revise your ID to another species.

The barn owl's range extends to areas that are regularly covered by snow, so it must have a fair chance of survival. If it doesn't find enough food then one way of looking at this is that it leaves more food for other barn owls to find. So natural selection will ensure that only the fittest birds survive, and will breed next year producing a generation of birds that will also be good at surviving harsh winter conditions. Tough for the ones that don't make it, but this is how birds and all other forms have life have become adapted to be so efficient at surviving in the wild.

Bob Ford