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Eagle owls breeding in city center

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Old Monday 14th March 2011, 08:56   #1
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Eagle owls breeding in city center

For those who are travelling in Helsinki:

Eagle owls are confirmed breeding in Helsinki city center. Breeding site is on roof top of shopping center located between central railway station and bus station. They choose probably busiest place in the town! Their diet consists (originally feral) rabbits, rats and birds.

Nest can be vieved from Sokos Hotel Vaakuna and the owls high in roof of shopping center Forum. The roof itself is ofcource inaccessible. There is several eagle owl territories in Helsinki.

http://www.birdlife.fi/tiedotteet/ku...20Saarinen.JPG
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Old Monday 14th March 2011, 09:16   #2
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I remember back in the '70s ( and possibly the '80s ) a pair of Eagle Owl nested on the cliff between the two halves of Luxembourg ( city ). You could sit in a bar and watch them leave the nest site and, on occsion, watch them trying to catch cats in the city itself. Birding at it's finest ( or laziest )

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Old Thursday 17th March 2011, 04:53   #3
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Here is video from evening news.

In finninsh, but you will get good idea of the breeding conditions.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h84E67yuum4
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Old Thursday 17th March 2011, 22:55   #4
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if a cat is alert can an eagle owl subdue it or is the surprise factor very important?
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Old Friday 8th April 2011, 12:29   #6
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http://s.omakaupunki.hs.fi/news/imag...68.540x405.jpg

Youngs are growing nicely!
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How cool to have them so available! Our peregrines in Derby nest on an open ledge/platform, but even they are not as easy to see as these cracking birds.
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Many birders are worried what happens when fledlings come down to road level. Eagle owls are known to be agressive if humans go close to their fledlings.
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Firs fledling left the roof and it landed in the midle of road on trolley rails. Luckily guards of the shopping center took it to a box and later after ringing it was released back to the roof. After couple of days it is probably strong enough to fly properly.

http://is12.snstatic.fi/kuvat/huuhka...438952388.jpeg

http://s.omakaupunki.hs.fi/news/imag...83.540x405.jpg
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Red face What a baby!!

My goodness; what an enormous chick!

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Firs fledling left the roof and it landed in the midle of road on trolley rails. Luckily guards of the shopping center took it to a box and later after ringing it was released back to the roof. After couple of days it is probably strong enough to fly properly.

http://is12.snstatic.fi/kuvat/huuhka...438952388.jpeg

http://s.omakaupunki.hs.fi/news/imag...83.540x405.jpg
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Old Tuesday 19th April 2011, 05:54   #11
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Well done those Eagle Owls for surviving, they certainly shot up in size in a couple of weeks.

About 4 years ago in Middlesbroughs Town Centre an Eagle Owl took up residence for about 6 months, it became known for its diving at people and chasing and catching the local feral Pigeons. IN the end it was found to be an escapee and the person that owned it managed to catch it. At that time I used to finish work at midnight and one night I came out and it was sat in one of the nearby buildings and started to hoot, it was quite eerie. Here is a piece from the BBC website that showed some of its photos.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/tees/content/im...allery.shtml?1
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Youngest chick had to be saved too:

It landed just over pedestrian, where parents would not dare to come with food.

http://omakaupunki.hs.fi/keskusta/uu...stettiin_taas/

More pictures from arrow.

http://is11.snstatic.fi/kuvat/huuhka...440530028.jpeg

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Old Monday 25th April 2011, 03:50   #14
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Last chick left the roof and this one had the worst performance. It landed on the busiest road in the country and was saved.

Great pictures in Tarsiger:

http://www.tarsiger.com/images/Soisk...40411_3241.jpg

http://www.tarsiger.com/images/Soisk...40411_3247.jpg

http://www.tarsiger.com/images/Soisk...40411_3322.jpg

http://www.tarsiger.com/images/Soisk...40411_3328.jpg
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I wonder when guards of shopping center will start to hate these owls. Saving these chicks is becoming a daily routine for them... Here is video from today:

http://www.hs.fi/videot/1135265657636
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I love the one with it sat outside your Southern Fried Chicken store.....it probably seemed a really good choice to the parents when they chose this area but.
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Old Thursday 28th April 2011, 00:11   #17
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I can't wait for the first RSPB eagle owl watch at Dover. :)
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I am coming over to Finland in a couple of days are there any Eagle owls visible at the moment?

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They are still there. This house is regular for the male and juveniles have been on roofs next houses to north.

http://kansalaisen.karttapaikka.fi/l...385593&lang=fi
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Thanks I will take a look, off to the airport soon.

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