Little Owl babies snapped near Souter Lighthouse

Little Owls. Picture by National Trust ranger Dougie Holden.
Little Owls. Picture by National Trust ranger Dougie Holden.

Cute and fluffy, these three-week-old Little Owls were snapped on the coast near Souter Lighthouse.

The owlets were caught on camera by National Trust ranger Dougie Holden.

Little Owls. Picture by National Trust ranger Dougie Holden.

Little Owls. Picture by National Trust ranger Dougie Holden.

Despite being just weeks old, the Trust said one of the owls looked almost ready to make its first flight.

Dougie works closely with the Whitburn ringing group, who are under license from the British Trust for Ornithology, and often goes along to take pictures of the birds they ring.

The group’s next task will be to ring a nest of kestrels.

Little Owl facts

The small species of owl was introduced to the UK in the 19th century.

The Little Owl can be seen in the daylight, often perching on tree branches, telegraph poles or rocks.

The owls will bob their heads up and down when alarmed. In flight they have long, rounded wings, rapid wingbeats and flies with a slight undulation.

Breeding Bird Survey data suggest Little Owl numbers are in decline, with the UK population estimated to be down by 24 per cent between 1995 and 2008.