Sunday, 22 April 2012

Breeding again.

Front and back views.

Tonight I found this three year old female bird sat snugly incubating five eggs. She is in the same nestbox as last year and on the same date in 2011 she was also sat on five eggs!

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Tawny Owls

This smashing brood of four Tawny Owls was discovered today in one of our nestboxes.

Thursday, 5 April 2012

The Early Bird

This afternoon I found this lady incubating six eggs. She is in her third breeding year and after raising three chicks last year and two in 2010 she has decided to move home. She has travelled 500m down the lane to the adjacent nest box and looks set to be one of the earliest breeding birds of 2012.

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Mixed News

I received a call yesterday concerning an owl that had been discovered in a local barn with a broken neck. The landowner had enjoyed watching a pair of owls spend the Winter roosting in one of the boxes and hunting the vole-rich land.

Upon inspecting the nest box I discovered a pair of nesting Stock Doves roosting in place of the owls, however upon checking the adjacent box, this pair of owls were huddled together and are all set to raise a brood in 2012.