Seen in Yorkshire yesterday (19th of December) at midday. It was flying low over a grouse moor, kept dropping to the ground and taking off again. Judging from the stone walls it perched on, it's wingspan would be at least 1 metre
Barn owls regularly have freshly caught prey stolen off them, most obviously when hunting in daylight. Kestrels are frequently culprits. The buzzard referred to by Kiera could well have thought the owl had a rodent at the time it 'pounced'.
Definitely a barn owl. Beautiful birds, you are very lucky! I sat and watched one hunting at dusk at RSPB St Aidan's.... only to see it get pounced on and brought to the ground by a large buzzard. Fortunately, the owl seemed more shocked than scathed as it was able to fly off into woodland. My heart was in my mouth for a while, though!
It's a beautiful Barn Owl,we do get them hunting during the day over our local moors in Nidderdale. This is often due to bad weather stopping them hunting during the night or a shortage of food may also be the reason.
I would agree with joe. Based off the first photo which has the best lighting, it certainly looks like a barn owl
Looks like it may be a Barn Owl. They're not usually out in the middle of the day, but if the weather's been bad - preventing them hunting - and they're hungry, then they'll come out (especially if it's a bit gloomy). This is one I saw in Norfolk some time back
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