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With more than 80 ac­cepted records, it would seem that Scops Owl is not the rarest of rar­i­ties. How­ever, the spread of records is pretty evenly spread through to the 19th Cen­tury and a year with more than one record is un­usual. Most records have come from the North­ern Isles or the south-west of England, but there have been in­land records, per­haps most fa­mously, in re­cent years, the singing male at Thrupp, Ox­ford­shire in 2006 and 2007. Many, if not most, of the ac­cepted records are for birds found dead or near death (ex­hausted), which is not sur­pris­ing for a noc­tur­nal bird, which is hard enough to see in its nor­mal Euro­pean range.

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