Good day at Spurn which included a full set of scarce winter beach passerines. More on those to come. For now THIS:
Eagle Owl. This mighty beast was found as fresh road kill near Hull exactly 2 weeks ago. (on the A63 near the Humber bridge). I don’t know if its wild or not – or even if it’s a European bird or not. It has no rings.
Speculate is somewhat inevitable though, while we wait for more information on the bird! Have a look at what else was occurring on the east coast- especially birds from a Scandinavian origin in mid October 2010 – notably 4 Rough-legged Buzzards at Spurn over the same weekend.
Perhaps this one will be found to have been an escaped falconer’s bird – or maybe not.
The status of the Eagle Owl in Britain is already a highly contentious issue, . Be interesting to see what this unexpected individual contributes to the debate (with thanks to Andy Gibson).
Chris Batty sent me an apposite email last night (friday) - will check some bios on the bird hopefully today and report results here later