Sunday, 12 February 2017

The Tawny Frogmouths return

I have posted many times about the Tawny Frogmouths that roost and nest in our yard.  

Today they have returned to the yard. This follows their traditional Summer vacation touring elsewhere in their territory.
The difference between their vacations and human vacations is that they don't bring the kids back!

I always get a bit fraught around this time of year wondering if they will return. Of course it is difficult to tell if it is the same pair as they aren't banded. However the behaviour is so similar that I am happy to say at least one of them must be the same.

I last encountered them on 30 December 2016 when they returned briefly from their travels. They left a little earlier than usual, possibly due to the presence of a family (I think) of Collared Sparrowhawks that moved into the area, Certainly the accipiters have gone quiet over the last couple of days.

I didn't find them at all in January (situation normal) and they are usually around on 20 -60% of days in February. The roost they are in today was adopted for the first time in February last year. It is pretty shady, which may be an atraction in this season.

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