Sunday 31 October 2021

2021 Barn Owl nesting season complete

We ringed a "second" brood of Barn Owls on the 30 Oct, completing the nesting season in the Middle Thames area.

These chicks won't be fledging for another 2-3 weeks yet, so will face a hard struggle to survive the winter.

This was one of only two second broods found this year, the other failing at the chick stage.

A total of 45 chicks were raised this year in the RAS area at 19 successful nests (average brood size of 2.4), making it a moderately successful breeding season and good news after last year's disappointing outcome.