Wednesday, 28 September 2011

The fine September weather has allowed us to get out and about in the evenings this week. Four more old boxes have been replaced with new ones and I look forward to seeing them in use next year.

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Replacement boxes

Today we managed to replace a couple of our older boxes with new ones. Both of these sites have held breeding pairs recently and hopefully Mr & Mrs Owl will be happy in them next season.

Fifteen boxes have now been replaced and we hope to add to this number over the coming weeks.

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Challenging Breeding Update

Following our visit at the end of July, Roy and I returned to check upon the progress of our last brood of the season. Happily Mum's tremendous efforts have been rewarded with a healthy brood of four young. She was, however, in a pretty grubby state which is the result of being cooped up in the nest box for about three months. Although she had started to moult her feathers on her left wing the right one was in poor condition. The rich habitat around the box should enable both the brood to thrive and allow her to quickly regain her health as she starts to get out and feed.

The ringing of this year's broods has now stretched out from the first one on June 6 to the beginning of September.

Saturday, 3 September 2011

New home

I had arranged to visit my friend Ray in order replace a couple of old boxes at Daresbury on Thursday and we were delighted to find this one-year old female at roost. She had not been present when I ringed three chicks there in June but I suspect that she was their mother. After ringing her she happily settled into the new box which should provide better protection through the next Winter.