For the first time, this large bird has been observed in the English Channel

This corpse, in several pieces, was discovered in the Val de Saire in early September. (©DP)

“Here is the discovery of a new corpse! Against all appearances, this announcement is good news in the world of ornithology. the September 11, 2022the GONm (Groupe ornithologique normand) shared this information online: “The great horned owl continue to progress Normandy and “a new corpse” was discovered in the Department of Sleeve.

“The largest nocturnal bird of prey”

“After three corpses discovered a few years ago” en Seine-Maritimeand the successful nesting last year in this same department, ornithologists have seen in the fourth corpse confirmation of the expansion of the presence of the species in France. It was discovered in a quarry in the Val de Saire. This is the only location precision communicated “in order to keep a certain discretion” and leave in peace this “species with high heritage value”, comments James Jean-Baptiste, for the GONm.

However, everyone is invited to represent themselves with the song of the Grand Duke and to report it in the event of observation or listening to help the experts in their monitoring of this nocturnal raptor.

“The Eurasian Eagle-Owl is the largest nocturnal bird of prey. The upperparts of the body are black-brown and buff, showing a cloud of blotches on the forehead and crown, stripes on the nape, sides and hindneck, and black mottling on the pale back, mantle and scapulars (N.DL.R., feathers at the base of the wing). A narrow buff mottled brown band extends from the base of the beak to above the inner part of the eyes and along the brown-black edge of the ear tufts. »

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Victim of a gunshot?

The animal is very mimetic, and you have to have a very good eye to discern it in its habitat with which it blends.

The specimen found dead in the Val de Saire is “a beautiful beast”, testifies James Jean-Baptiste. 4 year old male, this owl was discovered in poor condition by a walker. It was recovered by the French Office for Biodiversity for better authentication and analysis, which will make it possible to verify whether this mythical bird has not been the victim of a shot…

At 5 years old, an Eurasian Eagle-Owl reaches the age of maturity, which means that the individuals that deploy in Normandy are able to reproduce. This is big news and a major novelty in the English Channel where the species has never been revealed. for 150 yearssince the ornithological surveys have been done.

A nocturnal hunter

The Eagle Owl has chosen rocky parishes, cliffs, rocky environments to settle, even wooded environments. In any case, it gains ground as soon as it finds food-rich habitats. He night hunt and until dawn. “It eats everything: rats, coypus, hedgehogs, rabbits, foxes… It can also hunt other birds, such as herons or hawks. It is at the top of the food chain. He will also not deprive himself of a beetle, a lizard and even a fish or a crab.

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Adult, the Eagle Owl measures on average 75 centimeters, for a wingspan of 160 to 188 centimeters (the height of a man) and a weight that can go beyond four kilos.

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