Country diary: September means a new start for young adults – and new dangers

Caistor St Edmund, Norfolk: Like our own fledglings, young barn owls are striking out on their own, with mixed successA young barn owl drank from a water trough on the farm, fell in, and drowned. It was found the next morning and soggily removed. Now, the body decomposes in the hedgerow. My eight-year-old nephew showed me the white maggots feasting on the still beautiful corpse; only the beak and fierce talons remain in perfect condition.Some years ago, my dad retrieved the body of an owl from the road. He thought it was dead, but it was just stunned. As the… Source – Full Article Country diary: September means a new start for young adults – and new dangers

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