Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Owls at Gites de La Richardière

Owls at Gites de La Richardière:

We were attracted to some strange noises at La Richardière last week. High pitched squeaking up in a tree with a deeper echoing sound from further away. Interested in what could be making the noises and what could be keeping our Gite guests awake, we recorded the sounds and sent the recordings to a local bird enthusiast. The answer came back "Owls" (among other suggestions.)

Sure enough, the following morning, we looked into the tree to see two juvenile Long-Eared Owls just sitting on a branch watching the world go by - at least our Gite guests and us.  

They were completely unperturbed.

The noises at night were the two young birds calling for their parents who dutifully arrived to with food.

Our guests were enthralled, particularly the children, and for 3 or 4 days there was always someone standing quietly at the tree - watching.

The young birds, discovering they could fly, gradually moved from our tree to the larger Oak trees close to our property and have now left the area.

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