At last my luck has changed big time!!! Just heard a SCOPS OWL calling, just after 12.15am – in what must be the very large willow tree in my neighbours garden!!! Just before getting into bed I looked out of the window at the star filled sky, when I heard an unfamiliar call.... a low, repeated, short whistle which was difficult to describe exactly, but at this time of the morning I was obviously thinking owl. It was obviously not tawny, little owl or even eagle owl. My imagination was racing with excited thoughts about one other owl – could it be? I couldn't turn the Macbook on quick enough – googled Scops Owl and listened to the call – OMG that was it!!!!! Raced back upstairs to listen again and smiled – it was, it really was! I have at last found my mega – a SCOPS OWL!!! Unbelieavable, so excited at my mega find and I haven't even left the house!!!
Now.... because this is a residential area (in an area with no public access) and with absolutely atrocious parking availability, I won't be able to give out the exact location I'm afraid. This means I will be hung, drawn and quartered by the birding fraternity, especially those in the east! But not alot I can do about it I'm afraid. Really hope this mega bird is here at dawn for me to capture on camera for a major scoop!!! Can't wait to slap the pictures on RBA ready for MAG's review later today!!! You never know, I might even get picture of the week on Birdguides! Still calling now at 1am.
Will update you all later in the morning.