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Sunday, 14 February 2016

Kerry Barn Owl sets long distance record

A new record has been set for the longest recorded distance travelled by a juvenile Barn Owl within Ireland.

Unfortunately, the bird in question was found as a road casualty last Thursday on a dual carriageway near Derry, in Northern Ireland. It had been ringed as a chick on the 10th of July 2015 at a nest site near Farranfore, Co. Kerry, about 350 km distant, more than twice the previous record.

Barn Owl chick, one of four from the nest box near Farranfore, in July 2015 (M.O'Clery, under licence from NPWS).

More details on the Irish Raptor Blog HERE

Many thanks to Brian Hegarty for reporting the ringed Barn Owl.
All Barn Owl ringing is carried out under licence to NPWS and the BTO.