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.