Have You Seen a Barn Owl Recently? If you have seen a Barn Owl recently on the Wirral Peninsula or in Cheshire, please take a few seconds to fill in whatever details you have on the form at the bottom of the page, then click 'submit' and it's done!
All sighting reports are valuable to us. Thanks!
Most sightings are of a 'large white bird' seen in car headlights at night
White underside with gold/grey/brown and white on upperparts
Heart-shaped face with small dark brown eyes
Hunts 1-2 metres above the ground, over rough grassland and salt marsh
May sit on an open perch such as a fence post, looking and listening for prey
Mainly nocturnal but may be seen by day, especially in early morning
Call is an eerie, piercing shriek (nothing like 'kewik' / 'tu-who hoo-hooo' of Tawny owl)
Chicks make a distinctive rasping, hissing sound
Regular perches may be identified by vertical white streaks of almost pure white droppings.
Black/grey 'sausage' shaped pellets (about the size of a man's thumb) consisting of indigestible fur and bones of prey items are regurgitated at favourite roosting places.
Quite large accumulations of pellets and droppings may be seen at roost sites. Old pellets are grey and eventually disintegrate.
Pellets occasionally contain a few surprises, such as this bird skull.
Sighting reports are hugely important to us and may help us to locate and protect breeding pairs. It may also enable us to provide vital data at a future date in respect of planning applications or designation of a particular area for habitat protection.
If you have seen a Barn Owl recently on the Wirral Peninsula or in Cheshire, please take a few seconds to fill in whatever details you have on the form below, then click 'submit' and it's done!