An influx of Short-eared owls - Asio flammeus along the eastern coastline of Britain has sparked huge interest amongst bird-watchers across the UK eager to see these special visitors. In recent weeks a large number of these owls have been increasingly spotted from as far north as Aberdeen down to Northumberland, along the banks of the Humber estuary, and further south into Norfolk. It is quite normal for several to arrive here every Autumn but not in such large numbers. It is thought that a shortage of food in several regions of Scandinavia, Russia, and Iceland is responsible for the owls travelling further afield, and British voles appear to be on their menu. Apparently there are plenty of voles around this year.
Also unlike other owls Short-ears nest on the ground in scrapped-out hollows which they line with dried grasses and downy feathers.
Should you spot them - lucky you.
images courtesy RSPB