Yesterday I received a call from a local farmer in Stretton to say that one of our owl boxes had been knocked down by a tractor during recent hedge-trimming work. It didn't take long to repair the box and re-erect it out of harm's way. As the box contained lots of pellet debris, which indicated that owls had been using it quite recently, I decided to check in the adjacent box to see what was going on.
A pair of owls were roosting snugly inside. This previously unringed, first-year female was in superb condition and is ready to breed.
The male bird had been ringed by me when he was a chick at Acton Bridge in 2011 and, as you can see, he has changed quite a lot during that time.