Owl Makes Its Mark
A woman in Cumbria returned home to a big shock when she found the perfect imprint of a tawny owl in her window, after the bird of prey had crashed headlong into her house. The bizarre image was complete with beak, feathers and even the bird’s eyes – experts believe the near-perfect silhouette was left by the birds “powder down”, a substance that protects growing feathers. There was no sign of the owl at the property, leading Mrs Arnold to believe that the owl flew away, albeit most probably with a severe headache.
Val Osborne, head of the RSPB's wildlife inquiries team, said: "We don't very often see an imprint of a bird that's flown into a window that's this clear and where it's pretty obvious exactly what kind of bird it is.
"This would have been very uncomfortable for the bird but thankfully it looks like it survived as Mr and Mrs Arnold couldn't find it anywhere close by. Sadly, many birds aren't so lucky."