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Owls are often associated with Halloween and an owl costume is popular for children to wear when trick-or-treating. One ancient belief was that the hoot of an owl signalled death and many people believed that on Halloween owls would swoop down to eat the souls of the dying.

Halloween Owl

Here are 10 more facts about owls:

1. There are more than 150 species of owls in the world, and some counts indicate more than 220 species depending on how different owls are classified. Owls are found on all continents except Antarctica. 


2. Most owls have asymmetrical ears of different sizes and at different heights on their heads. This gives them excellent hearing ability and they can pinpoint where prey is located even if they are unable to see it.

3. Owls cannot rotate their forward facing eyes which are supported in bony eye sockets. Instead they have to turn their heads and although some owls can rotate their heads through 270 degrees it is a myth that they can turn their heads all the way round.

4. An owl has three eyelids: one for blinking, one for sleeping and one for keeping the eye clean and healthy.

5. Not all owls hoot and they can make a wide range of other sounds such as screeches, barks, hisses and whistles. During the nesting season their calls are at their loudest and can be heard up to a mile away.

6. A group of owls is called a parliament, wisdom or study and baby owls are known as owlets. 


7. A barn owl can eat up to 1,000 mice each year, and many farmers try to attract barn owls to help control rodent populations in agricultural fields. 


8. In most species, female owls are larger, heavier and more aggressive than males. If the birds are dimorphic, the female is often more richly colored than the male. 


9. Not all owl species are nocturnal. How often an owl is seen during the day depends on the seasonal amount of daylight and darkness, food supplies and habitat. 


10. Owls have been found in the fossil record up to 58 million years ago. The largest recorded owl fossil, Orinmegalonyx oteroi, stood about three feet tall.
Owl Cakes


For Halloween these simple owl cupcakes are fun to make with the kids.

Cake Ingredients
280g butter , softened
280g golden caster sugar
200g self-raising flour , minus 1 rounded tbsp
1 rounded tbsp cocoa powder
6 medium eggs


Decoration
200g butter , softened
280g icing sugar , sifted
1 tube orange ready-to-use icing
1 small bag Maltesers
1 tube choco M&Ms minis (use just the brown sweets) or Cadbury's mini buttons
1 tub jelly diamonds (just the orange ones)


Method
Heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with brown muffin cases. Beat the first 5 ingredients to a smooth batter and spoon between the cases, almost filling them to the top. You may have a little left over. Bake for 20-25 mins until risen and spongy. Cool on a rack.

Beat the butter and icing sugar until smooth. Slice off the very tops of the cakes and cut each piece in half. Spread a generous layer of icing over each cake.

Working on one cake at a time, squirt a pea-sized blob of orange icing onto two Maltesers and use to fix a brown M&M on each. Place the eyes, two pieces of cake top (curved edge up) and a jelly diamond on the icing to make an owl.

From BBC Good Food.
A carved pumpkin makes a great bird feeder. Either use an old pumpkin after Halloween is over or carve one especially for birds. A small to medium sized pumpkin is best and make sure you save the seeds.

Slice the pumpkin in half and carve out some jagged shapes on the edge to make perches. Fill the hollow with seeds, peanuts, suet, mealworms , raisins and chunks of pumpkin flesh.

A pumpkin feeder will not only help feed the birds during the cold weather but will make a colourful feature in your garden over Halloween.

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