Little Owl in Larch
Widely distributed throughout Europe, the little owl was introduced into Britain during the late nineteenth century and has now successfully colonised most of England and Wales. However, it is not common here in the South West but as a resident species it can occasionally be seen sitting motionless on a telegraph pole, fence post or as in this week's painting, a tree branch, surveying the surrounding countryside with its fierce yellow eyes. It is not a bird which draws attention to itself, being of small size with greyish-brown speckled plumage and is easily missed as it sits immobile.
Little owls are often out and about during daylight hours but their main hunting period is dawn and dusk.
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