Average lifespan: 4 years
When to seeJanuary to December
AboutThe tawny owl is our largest common owl and is known for making the familiar 'twit twoo' owl call during the night and early hours. Yet this call this is actually made by both a male and female owl calling to each other - the female makes a 'ke-wick' sound and the male answers with something more like 'hoo-hoo-oo'. Tawny owls feed on small animals like voles and mice, looking out for them from a favourite perch. Nesting usually takes place in spring in hollow trees or an old crow's nest.
How to identifyThe tawny owl is mottled reddish-brown, with a paler underside. It has a big, round head, rounded wings, large, dark eyes, and a dark ring around its face.
In our area
Despite being on the Amber List, you will see tawny owls across Shropshire. There is very little knowledge on how many birds remain in the UK, which has resulted in the British Trust for Ornithology launching a national survey to research their population.
Tawny owls tend to be reluctant to cross open landscapes, so are most likely to be seen within areas containing woodland cover. They can be spotted within urban areas, often in parks and gardens with suitable cover.
Some suggested locations to look for them in Shropshire/Telford:
The Ercall Nature Reserve and Wrekin Forest
Granville Country Park
Wenlock Edge at Presthope