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On Barn Owls

Posted Tuesday 8th June 2010 at 01:37 by Francis Duggan
To those who know of it a familiar cry
The harsh scream of the barn owl in the night sky
White oval face, mottled brown uppers and unders of gray
A bird that is seldom seen in light of day.

For roosting and nesting in old church spires and barns 'tyto albas' are known
Such places they like for to claim as their own
Though to where humans live they roost and nest nearby
Of our kind to say the least they do seem shy.

Small ground dwelling creatures are their edible choice
Such as frogs, skinks and voles as well as rats and mice
Quite useful nocturnal birds in their own way
A friend of the farmer of them one might say.

An eerie sound to hear in the calm moonlight
The scream of the barn owl a bird of the night
Medium sized nocturnal birds of prey not big or not small
And of the owls perhaps the best known of all.
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