Friday, 24 March 2017

First Barn Owl egg of 2017 laid 24 March

The first Barn Owl egg of 2017 was laid on 24th March in one of our owl boxes fitted with a camera.

This is a couple of weeks earlier than in previous years, and is hopefully the precursor to a productive breeding year in 2017.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

State of the UK Barn Owl Population 2016

The Barn Owl Trust has recently published a report on the UK Barn Owl population in 2016, available by clicking on the following link

State of the Barn Owl population in 2016

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Barn Owl travels 65km

Typically young Barn Owls disperse up to 10km away from the nest site they fledge from. However some will travel further.

We've recently learned that a chick we ringed in 2015 at a site near to Marlow was found the following year breeding in a nest box 65km away in Northamptonshire.

Many thanks to Paddy Jackson who runs the Northants Barn Owl Project for reporting this bird.

This is an example of the valuable information generated by the BTO ringing scheme.


Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Rescued Tawny Owl

After a weekend away, one surprised house-holder returned to find a Tawny Owl had found its way down the chimney and into the wood-stove. Happily the stove was not lit!

The Tawny Owl was well cared for and released that evening. Although a little dirty, it was otherwise none the worse for its escapade.

The owl turned out to be a female that had nested in a nearby box last summer, when it had been ringed. Hopefully she will stick to nest boxes in future!

This is the second time in two years that we've encountered a Tawny Owl descending a wood-stove flue.


Friday, 30 December 2016

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Last 2016 brood of Barn Owls ringed

A recently fledged Barn Owl

Last week we ringed our last Barn Owl chicks of the year - a brood of two, aged about 40 days old. It will be November before they are fully fledged.

Egg laying at this nest started on 21st July. So it has been quite an extended breeding season, with egg laying by the earliest pair starting in mid-April.

This brings the number of pulli ringed at our boxes this year to 27, slightly higher than in 2015, and from fewer nest attempts.