The French Tawny Owl

A tawny owl (Strix aluco).

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Sleeping at the French country side especially in an area with small woodlands, the night sounds are exciting. Some say it’s scary and it gives this person the creeps. You can hear the Midwife Toad bleep and the moth hit the lights. But there’s even a bigger joy: the spooky cry of the Strix aluco or the Tawny Owl.

It starts just after sunset and around dawn when these birds are less afraid to be heard or ‘seen’ as you like. It’s when they make sure the rest of the night birds know their territory for the hunt. “IBU, I’m on this side of the valley.”UHU, I know.” They continue their cries for an hour or so before they chose the night for their soundless hunt. You can’t hear them fly at all. This is amazing since they can hold up to a meter in wingspan.

You can read all about these owls at Wikipedia. And you can hear them here and of course at our Supergite at Tourteron.

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