. . . .because if it was, this woman would have a gazillion supplicants swarming to her Cumbrian home.
It’s an amazing print of a tawny owl (Strix aluco)!
From the BBC via Ed Yong:
A woman returned to her Cumbrian home to find a near perfect imprint of an owl on her window.
The bird had apparently crashed into the window of Sally Arnold’s Kendal home, leaving the bizarre image – complete with eyes, beak and feathers.
Experts said the silhouette was left by the bird’s “powder down” – a substance protecting growing feathers. . .
Experts from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) confirmed the bird was most likely a tawny owl because of its size and shape and the fact that they appear in gardens more regularly than others.
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.”
Bonus: From The Daily Mail, here’s a rare photo of a tawny owl launching itself up from a fence post before swooping down on its prey: