- May 24, 2006
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Are there any owls in the UK that hunt other birds? And surely if ever a predator was going to hunt during daylight hours, it would be a peregrine.Generally, at night, yes. But I'm not sure they'd necessarily sit still if there was a local threat - like I said, hunting owls, or even peregrines.
Ok, I withdraw my objections :truce: As for peregrines hunting at night - every day's a school day.Although not their main prey, owls will take birds. (I've found bird skulls in owl pellets). And evidence that smaller birds see owls as a physical threat can be seen in 'mobbing' behaviour - where they will gang up and harrass a roosting owl in order to drive it from the vicinity. I actually see a lot of this on my own road - where we seem to have a surfeit of tawny owls.
And yes, you would assume a peregrines preference would be to hunt in daylight hours - but apparently they do also hunt at night. It's also worth pointing out that birds defensive behaviour does not necessarily kick in only when a predator is actively hunting - the mere presence of the latter can inspire evasive action.
Ok, I withdraw my objections :truce: As for peregrines hunting at night - every day's a school day.