Sunday, 29 January 2012

It's been a long time...




A busy day today started with us erecting four new nestboxes at Wimboldsley and then a bit of routine maintanance this afternoon resulted in me finding this roosting couple nearer to home in Whatcroft.

Despite the box having been filled with leaves by Grey Squirrels these two birds had squashed themselves inside with hardly any room in which to move. Both birds are in their fifth year; the female was caught by me last January about half a mile away when she was roosting with a different male. This year's male was last seen by me in 2008 in a different nestbox, about a quarter of a mile away. The nestbox was quickly cleaned out and the owls can now enjoy the freedom of the whole space in which to roost and hopefully they will settle to breed later in the season.

The sedentary nature of Barn Owls is perfectly demonstrated by this couple who have stayed faithful to their local area where food is plentiful and roosting sites are provided.

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Habitat Improvement

Last Friday the BBC featured a short video on habitat improvement that can benefit Barn Owls:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-16541208

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Sturdy Box


I received a call yesterday to say that the tree in which one of our boxes had been erected had fallen down in the recent strong winds and, amazingly, that a pair of owls had been seen flying out from it. Arriving this morning, I found that although the tree had smashed to the ground, the box itself was still in one piece and that there were many fresh Barn Owl pellets inside.


The box was put up in an adjacent tree in this old orchard and hopefully the owls will soon return and take up residence.

Friday, 6 January 2012

I saw my first Barn Owl of the year on Monday. It was sat proudly in one of our boxes looking out and surveying the world.