Sunday, 22 May 2011


I received news through from the BTO yesterday that GC51718 had been found dead near the River Weaver last November. The bird, one of a brood of two, had been ringed in June 2009 at Whitegate (pictured above) and was recovered 9km away from its natal site.

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Tawny Owls

We returned to ring the two birds from the 2nd May tonight. Both birds were fit and healthy and the photos show how they have developed since the beginning of the month.

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Tawnies: further update.

I went back to check upon the Tawnies at Tom's this evening. The two elder siblings were both fine and healthy but there was no sign of the third bird. It may have fallen from the nest as they often do or something more sinister may have happened ; we will never know.

Monday, 2 May 2011

More Tawnies

We found another Tawny nest this evening containing two small owlets. Another visit will be necessary to complete the ringing.

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Tawny Update

Roy and I revisited Tom this evening to check upon the Tawny chicks. Mum was still (surprisingly) present and all three young were fine and healthy although the youngest was just too small to ring. The two elder siblings are 24 and 20 day's old and we think, by judging her moult pattern, that Mum is two year's old.

There is still plenty of food in the box and Dad is doing a wonderful job by providing for his family.

A fantastic evening and it is safe to say that Tom was very pleased and is looking forward to us going back to check upon the Barn Owls!