A Barn owl and Storm Doris

Last week I noticed a Barn Owl hunting up and down my neighbours garden. It has been a year or so since we’ve had a Barn owl so close to the house, although the Tawny owls often sit in the tree or on the telegraph pole in the garden.

I put a few trail cameras around the edge of my garden hoping that one of the cameras would catch the owl flying past. It was quite a surprise when I ended up with around 15 short clips featuring an owl.

The owl spent quite a bit of time by our laurel tree and at one stage even falls asleep. Around 5am the owl seems to be looking around at something, just above its head are the branches of a large lilac tree where many birds spend their day, I am presuming the smaller garden birds such as the Blue tits, Dunnocks and Robins are becoming active. At the end of the film you can see the milk float drive down our lane and the owl fly off.

Storm Doris hit Oxfordshire last night, the wind whistle around the house so much I had trouble sleeping.

During the day the wind grew in strength reaching gusts of up to 50 to 60 mph.

After school I had a quick walk around to see if anything had happened near my house. A single hare was sat in the middle of the field, low to the ground to keep out of the wind. Two Roe deers seemed completely unbothered by the wind, while another five deers sheltered in the woods.


By the badger sett the huge conifer conifer that always stood out against the oaks, hazel and ash trees has now fallen. We spent some time checking to make sure that none of the Badger sett entrances had been affected. The badgers are going to have a bit of a shock when they come out tonight.

It is such a shame to see this tree now absent from the skyline.



A smaller tree also toppled by the wind


The woodland floor is slowly turning green with all the Bluebell shoots, which have rapidly grown over the past week. The Primroses by the stream are now flowering and the Blackthorn has the beginnings of blossom.

A couple of discarded feathers on the ground caught my eye. Thanks to Ed Drewitt who identified them as flank feathers from a Fieldfare.


About Alex White - Appletonwild

This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. My passion is for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. This year my debut book "Get Your Boots On" was published I am a keen amateur photographer. All the photographs on this blog are taken by myself unless stated otherwise. I am a member of A Focus on Nature, the network for Young Nature Conservationists, BBOWT, The Oxon Mammal group and The Oxfordshire Badger Group. You can also follow me on Twitter @Appletonwild Instagram appletonwild
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6 Responses to A Barn owl and Storm Doris

  1. irishnaturejournal says:

    Lovely post Alex. We got our fair share of Storm Doris here in the west of Ireland too, and I think we are experiencing the tail-end of her this evening. It’s absolutely howling outside as I type this. Thankfully, I haven’t come across much damage in the last two days. It’s a pity about that pine tree though, I always feel sad when I see a fallen tree 😦

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  2. You are so lucky to have such close encounters with a barn owl. Although I love our local tawny owls very much, I would like to see a barn owl now and then. Your observations do show that the two species can co-exist, which is good news.

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  3. I have also seen the Barn Owl fly off early evening (around 7.30ish) swooping across the road from your side to the other near the footpath to Eaton.

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