Owls in the 'hoot' at Līgatne Nature Trails

Līgatne Nature Trails are now home to a newlywed couple of Ural owls Čiepstonis ('Chirper') and Hedviga ('Hedwig'), Nature Conservation Agency said February 14.

Čiepstonis is a six-year-old permanent resident of the trails, whereas ten-year-old Hedviga traveled there from the Rīga Zoo over the weekend. Both are still young as Ural owls can live as long as 24 years.

The owls have been brought together in hopes they might make a not-so-secret love nest, and bring some owlets into the world. Ural owls usually lay 2-4 eggs at a time.

To meet Hedviga and Čiepstonis, as well as 'owl' other inhabitants of the trails, visit the Līgatne Nature Trails website.

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