LONG-EARED OWL

Asio otus - c.40

 

Russ Jones

 

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2021

A fresh corpse was found between Chittening Warth and Severn Beach on February 7th.

 

2016
One was seen briefly on Northwick Warth on October 7th; Wing feathers found at Oldbury Power Station on May 14th were identified as belonging to this species.
 

2013
One was seen and photographed just south of Cake Pill, Northwick Warth on March 4th - 5th.
 

2012
One was flushed from dense scrub south of Severn Beach near the 'pipes' around 08:05 on March 31st.
 

2010
One was seen in a hedge on the north side of the B4040 just west of Acton Turville at around 19:00 on December 4th around ST: 799 809.
 

2009
One was seen briefly at dusk on January 1st at Aust Warth on a line of fence posts before heading inland.
 

2008
One was seen on February 6th on a post at Aust Warth between 17:40 and 17:45 before flying back towards the sheep field hedge; A roosting adult was present in a hedge at Aust Warth on the morning of February 9th.
 

2006
One was found roosting in a hedge at Northwick Warth on April 21st and was viewed down to two metres.
 

2001
One was noted at Oldbury Power Station in January; One was noted at Severn Beach on March 23rd and 28th; On November 4th another individual was also noted at Severn Beach.
 

1998
One was reported at Oldbury Power Station on February 14th.
 

1997
The seven individuals recorded at Oldbury Power Station in 1996 were present at the same site until March 28th (with possibly nine on January 24th) three on March 31st, two on April 6th and one on April 12th and 22nd; At Oldbury Power Station one was noted on November 1st with two present on December 26th.
 

1996
There were up to seven roosting along the bridleway at Oldbury Power Station in December, three on the 7th and 28th, four on the 14th, 20th and 21st, two on the 19th and seven on the 29th and 31st.
 

1995
One was seen roosting at Oldbury Power Station on March 18th, the following day remains were found at the same site (wings & feet) and were presumed to be from the same bird; At Oldbury Power Station there were further sightings on March 25th and in April on the 1st, 8th, 12th and 25th.
 

1994
A single bird was reported from Aztec West on October 21st; One was reported from Oldbury Power Station from October 12th - 16th.
 

1992
On January 21st two were found at Cribbs Causeway and were noted on 'several' days following.
 

1991
A male was heard 'singing' on November 16th at Thornbury.
 

1990
On March 18th one was photographed at Severn Beach and was approachable to within one metre; One freshly dead on the road at Severn Beach on December 13th.
 

1988
Two were noted at Oldbury Power Station on November 27th.
 

1984
One was seen at Oldfield Gate near Dyrham on April 20th.
 

1983
One was found near 'The Pipes' one kilometre south of Severn Beach on October 29th.
 

1976
A number of records followed the UK influx from 1975. One was found exhausted at Frenchay on January 17th; Two roosted somewhere on Severnside in February, one of which was ringed on February 18th and one lingered until mid April; One was seen at Filton within the aerospace complex sometime in May.

 

1975 - 1898

No records found between these years!
 

1897
Sometime in this year two were noted at Frampton Cotterell.