Earlier this evening, around 5:30 pm, I was driving back home when I had a whim and decided to drive through Shenstone. It was now dark but previous nocturnal visits have afforded me views of Tawny Owl and Badger..so you never know.
On turning down one of the lanes (which will remain un-named for the purpose of this post) I was greeted in the glow of my headlights by the sight of a stunning Barn Owl that flew across the lane and over the hedgerow, disappearing into the darkness. Result!!!
This is the first sighting I have had of Barn Owl on the patch since the Summer of 2008. This bird was observed by myself and a fellow local birder on successive nights but then disappeared. Unfortunately around the same time a Barn Owl was found dead just up the road near Mustow Green roundabout and was quite possibly the same individual.
Still this new sighting is heartening and has encouraged me to do a few more evening visits over coming weeks. The majority of nocturnal visits I have done have been during the summer months, after spending time listening for calling Quails.
Barn Owl (archive photo)