Barn Owl in the Scottish Borders
Barn Owl (Tyto alba)
These enigmatic pale owls breed in tree cavities, old buildings, barns and increasingly in nestboxes. Both male and female are white underneath and speckled light brown over the back and wings. They are often seen at dawn and dusk quartering silently over rough grassland hawking for voles and mice. The chicks hiss in the nest and the adults screech if disturbed.