Barn Owl’s Seaton menu puzzles countryside rangers
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Cameras show this bird has an unusual appetite
Countryside rangers have been left puzzled by some unusual feeding behaviour of a Barn Own at Seaton Wetlands.
The bird in question left evidence of its feeding remains in one of the hides - and some unusual prey was found.
EDDC Countryside team leader James Chubb said it included remains of snipe, water rail and little grebe.
So he installed a camera, activated by movement after dark, and it has captured some fascinating images which show the owl eating all of the bird species they found along with frogs!
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James said: “While it is not unprecedented for barn owls to take frogs in the spring, their preferred prey are small mammals. Not only is this barn owl taking large birds, but in the case of the little grebe, the owl must have grabbed it off the surface of the water, a very precarious hunting method for a barn owl indeed!”
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