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Old Friday 2nd November 2018, 21:37   #1
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Tengmalms Owl - Orkney

A Tengmalms Owl was found and photographed on Orkney today by a non-birder.

Unfortunately I can give out NO further information - and will not give out any details etc until/unless circumstances change.

I have not been to see the bird myself, and will not go until access can be arranged so that everyone can view the bird.

Three folk apart from the finder know about this - and that's how it will stay.

The best I can do is give this heads up to birders - where there is one there may be more

One of the minor considerations was that the first folk to look for the bird would almost certainly flush it...
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One of the minor considerations was that the first folk to look for the bird would almost certainly flush it...
Toilet humour.

I knew that I'd been looking for them in the wrong habitat....

Very nice.
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Old Friday 2nd November 2018, 22:11   #3
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Surely this is is a joke???
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At a privy site...

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I do hope there's a sign advising not to flush sanitary owls down the toilet.
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Old Friday 2nd November 2018, 22:19   #6
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OK, so it's not on North Ron - that news would be released.

My guess is Orkney mainland - presumably an old outhouse, pretty remote from Kirkwall - pretty unusual; if you do a Streetview drive there really aren't many of those old rundown outbuildings these days.

Someone suggested to me (guessed) it could be on a boat - why would it keep returning to sit on a toilet?! Presume windows would be smashed or doors open in the outbuilding.

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The habitat looks more suited to a turdus thrush
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I do hope there's a sign advising not to flush sanitary owls down the toilet.
Oh, very, very well-played sir ...
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Bizzarly had it been in one of the public toilets fitted with uv lights you could have aged it. Underwing glows pink in adults but yellow in first year birds........... You have no idea how long I have waited to use that piece of esoteric knowledge !
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No reason you shouldn't go see it Paul if you have permission, I can understand why some people don't want the trouble that comes with big twitches. I speak as someone who needs this has a lifer.

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If that's typical habitat it might explain the "astonished look" described in Collins.
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Hardly your bog standard Owl is it, unlike Britains commonest species, the Teat Owl.

People usually have to spend a few pennies to see this species in Finland and often, only get a view of the top of a head on a nest box, that's if they see one at all, not an easy bird to get.
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OK, so it's not on North Ron - that news would be released.

My guess is Orkney mainland - presumably an old outhouse, pretty remote from Kirkwall - pretty unusual; if you do a Streetview drive there really aren't many of those old rundown outbuildings these days.

Someone suggested to me (guessed) it could be on a boat - why would it keep returning to sit on a toilet?! Presume windows would be smashed or doors open in the outbuilding.

cheers, alan
am waiting for it to move to Shite Lane...
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If it sticks it should acquire the moniker Plops Owl for reference.
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There’ll be people on the birds and weather thread discussing which weather cistern it came in on.
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Interestingly, Peter Gustaf Tengmalm, the Swedish physician and naturalist after which the owl was named, sadly died from dysentery; a fact which makes the photo a particularly ironic juxtaposition!
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Bizzarly had it been in one of the public toilets fitted with uv lights you could have aged it. Underwing glows pink in adults but yellow in first year birds........... You have no idea how long I have waited to use that piece of esoteric knowledge !
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Are there other features to age or sex the bird or indeed confirm that it is not the Nearctic subspecies?

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People usually have to spend a few pennies to see this species in Finland and often, only get a view of the top of a head on a nest box, that's if they see one at all, not an easy bird to get.
And I am sure that people will be happy to donate to a good cause for this one as well if an opportunity arises at some point in the future.

Occasionally, you bump into them out and about but the first view is the normal one.......

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Interestingly, Peter Gustaf Tengmalm, the Swedish physician and naturalist after which the owl was named, sadly died from dysentery; a fact which makes the photo a particularly ironic juxtaposition!
Nice, past life reincarnation
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Occasionally, you bump into them out and about but the first view is the normal one.......
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Of the resident owls here, Tengmalm's is generally the one I bump into least often during the day - but 'moderately' easy to track down at night in early spring if you know the better areas. Not an easy bird to casually find in its natural habitat, an Orkney toilet has to be a step up.
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Hardly your bog standard Owl is it, unlike Britains commonest species, the Teat Owl.

People usually have to spend a few pennies to see this species in Finland and often, only get a view of the top of a head on a nest box, that's if they see one at all, not an easy bird to get.
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Are there other features to age or sex the bird or indeed confirm that it is not the Nearctic subspecies?

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Or further east (sibiricus) ?
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It wouldn't be a Teng-mums-the-word Owl without a bit of viewing hassle! Paul...I would certainly go and see it...no point passing that chance up!!

A classic photo! It has that same surprised look I had seeing the same surprised look on the face of one being held in Barry Spence's hands in BB!!
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Or further east (sibiricus) ?
Are Eastern birds paler a la Gloger's rule, I know that Eagle Owl and Ural Owl are much paler.
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