Tengmalm’s Owl

Yesterday we had the first Goldcrest (Regulus regulus) singing in the garden and a Common Crane (Grus grus) flying over the house calling.  We also had the first Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris) arrive and a Woodpigeon singing, which is a very rare bird up here.  It’s interesting that we only have male Chaffinches here just now.  They are busy singing and making territories in preparation for the arrival of the females.

We have two Tengmalm’s Owls singing close to the house just now.   I used my compact digital camera to record them singing.

Tengmalm’s Owl 1

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Tengmalm’s Owl 2

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They start singing between 9 and 10pm (it gets dark here at 10pm now) and they are still singing at 4 in the morning (it gets light at 3pm).  I have read on the internet that birds singing all night now have not yet found a mate.

I have been out during the day trying to find the owl perching in a tree

bit I have not found one so far.  I have also made some nest boxes for the owls

and fixed in trees near to where they have been singing

There was a full moon two nights ago when I was out listening to the owls.

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