Eagle owl drops in on Bury churchyard

Eagle owl perched in the churchyard next to St Edmundsbury Cathedral ANL-151216-143727001
Eagle owl perched in the churchyard next to St Edmundsbury Cathedral ANL-151216-143727001
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St Edmundsbury Cathedral had an unusual visitor today, an eagle owl that has been on the loose for several weeks.

The owl had been dozing in a conifer next to the Charnel House in the churchyard alongside the cathedral most of the day.

Dean Winham, a falconer at Suffolk Owl Sanctuary, Stonham Barns, said he thought it was probably a Siberian eagle owl which has been registered as being loose in the area for about three weeks.

“It seems to be surviving quite well,” he said. “It’s probably been catching rabbits and things.”

It has been registered with the falconry community’s Independent Bird Register of missing and found birds of prey who have informed the owner of the sighting.