Monthly Archives: November 2011

Short-eared Owl Rescued

Exhausted migrant released on Sculthorpe Moor reserve

Nigel with rescued owlA short-eared owl found exhausted in Norfolk needed a helping hand after its journey from Scandinavia. The Hawk and Owl Trust was contacted when the owl was found some distance inland from the sea, unable to fly any further. The owl was examined and found to be uninjured but exhausted and in need of food.

Although the Hawk and Owl Trust is not a rescue organisation Nigel Middleton, Hawk and Owl Trust Conservation Officer for the Eastern Region, has many years of experience helping wild birds of prey.

Nigel took the owl in to feed it and give it time to recover. The owl was then released at the Hawk and Owl Trust’s Sculthorpe Moor Community Nature Reserve near Fakenham in the Wensum valley, which provides the sort of hunting habitat the owl will need over the winter.

Long-eared owlThese beautiful birds can be recognised by their striking yellow eyes and the short feather tufts on the top of their heads that give them their name. The tufts are not actually ears. Their real ears are hidden under feathers on the side of the head. Short-eared owls are active during the day and can be seen using their long wings to fly over rough grassland hunting for small mammal prey. Some short-eared owls breed in the UK, mainly in the north, but their population can greatly increase in winter. In some years large numbers migrate from Scandinavia.

This year has seen many short eared-owls arriving in Norfolk, where they can be seen along the North Norfolk coast and further inland.

New Norwich Peregrine Nestcam

Video Camera Installed 75 Metres up Norwich Cathedral Spire The Hawk and Owl Trust have installed new cameras next to the peregrine nesting platform high on the spire of Norwich Cathedral. The new cameras should give stunning views of the pair of peregrines which have taken up residence at the Cathedral. Staff and volunteers from… Continue Reading

Rare Solitary Mining Bee on Moor

Andrena tarsata discovered by researcher on Fylingdales Bees were among the wildlife highlights of Fylingdales Moor, North Yorkshire, in the summer of 2011. A small colony of the rare solitary mining bee Andrena tarsata (pictured) was discovered there by Louise Hislop, who is doing a two-year study of this Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) species in… Continue Reading