Photographed on the 7th June 2015 by our friend Eden Roebuck, new born
owls at Stonepitts Farm.
"The little owl was sacred to the goddess Athena, from whom it gets the generic name (Athene noctua). This is one of the most widely-distributed owls and, due to its adaptability to human settlements and small size, probably ranks among the world's most populous owl species. The little owl has an average life expectancy of three years.
This is a sedentary species which is found in open country such as mixed farmland and parkland. It takes prey such as insects, earthworms, amphibians, but also small birds and mammals. It can attack birds of considerable size like game birds. It is partly diurnal and often perches boldly and prominently during the day
It becomes more vocal in nights as the breeding season approaches. Nest location varies based on the habitat, nests being found in holes in trees, rocks, cliffs, river banks, walls, buildings etc. It lays 3-5 eggs which are incubated by the female for 28–29 days, with a further 26 days to fledging. Little Owls will also nest in buildings, both abandoned and those fitted with custom owl nest boxes. If living in an area with a large amount of human activity, little owls may grow used to man and will remain on their perch, often in full view, while humans are around."