It's not a common encounter, and certainly not on the way to work. But Joop Spijker from Alterra came across it this morning: a long-eared owl right in front of his employer's front door.
The young long-eared owl on the bicycle points to the presence of a nest in the vicinity. Spijker: 'Long-eared owls are often found in tall trees and groups of trees. It's possible that this one comes from a spot by Droevendaalsesteeg. I happen to know too that long-eared owls occupied the old section of Radix in the past. Apparently, these owls can survive in these surroundings.' And this young owl seems to have a penchant for bicycles. Spijker: 'I think that he sees the bicycles as a small group of trees.