Owl

I am tying to work out what type of Owl I saw last night.

It was around 3am this morning, when this enormous elegant bird flew along in front of me, it flew along a lit road in the centre of Gloucester for a 100 or so yards in front of me as I drove along, and then headed off towards some Poplar trees. It was massive, compared to the Tawny Owls that we regularly see at home, it’s size compared to a Buzzard, slightly larger, in fact when I first glimpsed it , while travelling around a roundabout, I thought Buzzard, but as I completed my maneouver off a roundabout and squared up to it, I could look at it properly, it was clearly an owl with it’s round chunky body, and it’s enormous wing span. The underneath of it’s body and wings were clearly white.

Tawny Owl

At 8.30pm it was just starting to get dark, we were sat in the front room watching TV, but out of the window we saw a Tawny Owl land on the Telegraph Pole in the garden, it stayed for a few minutes, and then swooped down into the field. At 10pm we could still hear it out there hooting away 🙂

Cuckoo & Martins

Been so busy recently, haven’t had time to sit and watch the birds.

I saw a Cuckoo this morning, I don’t think I have seen and recognised one before, but this one was instant recognition as it was so close. Almost Pigeon like in it’s colouring, but had bird of prey flight profile. I am now wondering if the birds I have seen in the past week and not recognised (as too distant) were in fact Cuckoos – I knew what they weren’t, what they looked similar to, but not what they were!

The House Martins are increasing in number daily, I estimate that we have over a dozen around the house! I have counted 11 nests on 2 sides of the house, I think there are another 3 on the back of the house, but need to check some time.