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16 June 2013

Late Long-eareds

Adult Long-eared Owl (Adrian Rooney).

With the cold spring, Long-eared Owls are breeding exceptionally late this year. By 14th March last year, there were calling chicks at one site near Newmarket, and more quickly followed at other sites in Duhallow. However, despite careful checking over the past few weeks, not one Long-eared Owl chick has yet been heard. Hopefully they will start appearing at the nest sites soon.