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drewdavis's picture

Winter feeding

I think Barn owls are seen in daylight more in the winter? any idea why this might be?

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Winter feeding

I think Barn owls are seen in daylight more in the winter? any idea why this might be?

scott's picture

It's down to feeding and energy conservation

I believe that owls tend to hunt in the day more frequently in the winter because even though owls have many thick insulating feathers, the winter nights may be just too cold for them. Also their hunting abilities may be restricted as when there's snow fall and mist/fog their visibility decreases, also as frost and ice covers the ground and nearly everything else, hunting may be harder. However I think the real reason is that the abundance of prey drops due to the temperature drop, especially when there has been snowfall voles/mice/shrews stay underneath the snow more often eating stored food. As well I think that owls and prey are more active during the warmer lighter daytime periods because less energy is consumed to maintain body heat.The more energy that can conserved the better for their survival. The fact days are obviously brighter than the night helps the owls as they can hunt small birds and mammals more easily despite their incredible night vision. I hope this has helped answer your question, after all I'm only 15 years old so I'm far from being an expert, but for more detailed and in depth knowledge visit:

http://www.barnowltrust.org.uk/infopage.html?Id=78 .

Great photo by the way, Scott.N .