This afternoon we went out to replace one of our older boxes with a new 2013 model. Despite the old box being completely rotten, as you can see below, I was delighted to find a superbly healthy, first year, female bird inside which was duly ringed. The new box was quickly put up and Mrs. Owl quickly settled into her new cosy home.
You can make out the peach flush at the top of her breast which is charcteristic of young adult birds. Despite the recent wet weather, it is so pleasing that she is managing to get out and find enough food to satisfy her needs. She will be ready to breed later in the year if she can attract a mate.