Thursday, 31 May 2012
Sunday, 27 May 2012
Wednesday, 23 May 2012
I was delighted to find this brood of Little Owls in one of my nestboxes tonight. The chicks are only a few day's old and they are being well provided for by their parents as there is plenty of food inside the box.
Mum is doing well too; despite giving me this piercing stare.
Tuesday, 22 May 2012
Monday, 21 May 2012
Three more breeding pairs were found today. One of them was located at a new breeding site near to Weaverham; the female (above) enjoying the late evening sunshine.
The male bird was first ringed as a chick in 2009 and he was one of the first birds handled by my daughter, Amy. It is amazing to look at his transformation from tiny owlet into the adult bird below.
Saturday, 19 May 2012
Friday, 18 May 2012
Thursday, 17 May 2012
Saturday, 12 May 2012
Today I retrapped this female bird. Of the chicks that were ringed last year, she is the fifth breeding bird that I have found so far in 2012.
I also found my first breeding Kestrel of the year; twenty yards away from a pair of breeding Barn Owls.
Monday, 7 May 2012
I found this first year male bird at Kingsley today. He was ringed as a chick last Summer at Broomhall (approx. 30km to the south) and, given that most Barn Owls are quite sedantry, his movement is quite significant.
He is breeding with an older female, who has seeemingly lost her partner from 2011, in a regular nest site.
Saturday, 5 May 2012
Friday, 4 May 2012
Last night I found a brood of three Barn Owl chicks sat safely with their mother; they ranged from 5-10 days old and I will return to ring them at the end of the month. Mum is a first year breeding bird that was previously unringed.
I then came across this Tawny Owl, also a first year breeding bird, with her owlet which is about 25 day's old. It looks like she is a single parent and this youngster is receiving her full attention; there was a dead sibling inside the nestbox along with an unhatched egg that looked as though it had been trodden on by the adult bird. Although she was in a somewhat bedraggled state she is of a really good weight and her solitary chick should have no problem fledging successfully.