Little Owl

September 2017

We were out taking photographs, And came across the UK’s smallest Birds Of Prey. The Little Owl (noctua), In an old deserted building in North Yorkshire.

It is a small cryptically coloured, mainly nocturnal bird and is found in a range of habitats including farmland and woodland fringes. It feeds on insects, earthworms, other invertebrates and small vertebrates.

Males hold territories which they defend against intruders. This owl is a cavity nester and a clutch of about four eggs is laid in spring. The female does the incubation and the male brings food to the nest, first for the female and later for the newly hatched young. As the chicks grow, both parents hunt and bring them food, and the chicks leave the nest at about seven weeks of age.