We’ve had our own owl baby again this year. I am told, by those that know these sort of things, that it is a tawny owl baby and jolly noisy it is too.
We have plenty of tawny owls around here, so it is no surprise that they have been breeding and I’m delighted that it has been successful – so far. A couple of months ago I started hearing a rusty creaking sound in the trees during the evenings. Over the past few weeks it has gradually resolved into a more recognisable “Kee-wick” though it still has a way to go before it turns into the true adult sound.
It can be quite startling when I go out with Rocky at night to hear this loud, creaky screech very close to the house, but I’ve gradually got used to it so don’t jump quite so high. Like all fledglings our owl baby can be very persistent and will sit and call for it’s parents to feed it for hours during the night.
One night, when returning home late, I found it sitting on the drive looking a bit bemused about the world. It was at the base of a large tree and turning it’s head to an improbable degree. As it didn’t seem to know what a car was it stayed where it was as I sat and watched it and then very slowly moved closer and closer. Eventually it had the sense to take off clumsily, nearly blundering into the hedge, but just clearing it and making it into a tree.
I was worried that the recent heavy rain might have caused it problems, but late last night when the rain finally cleared I heard that unmistakable creaky “kee-wick” again. Owl baby 2015 is nearly grown up!