|"tarred" Barn Owl|
He wasn't seen for the next two nights either, so we began leaving food for the female to help her continue incubating the eggs until his return.
On day four we learned that the local postman had rescued a "tarred" Barn Owl from the roadside nearby, and taken it to a wildlife hospital.
It was a male, so almost certainly the male from the box. He was cleaned-up (the "tar" turned out to be sticky molasses) and fed for a week until he was fit and well, and then released back where he had been found. It had been 11 days since he had disappeared and meanwhile two of the eggs had hatched.
|Male Barn Owl, recovered and ready for release|
On the first night after his return the male roosted in the box but did not bring in any food. The next night he brought in two prey items to the female. So we are hopeful that all is now well, and that nature can take its course.
|Barn Owl chick (female) at 37 days old|
All seven eggs hatched, and four of the chicks went on to fledge successfully.