A week of mixed news began on Thursday at Delamere with the discovery of a dead Barn Owl; the wings were the only part of the bird remaining. The rest had most probably been taken by a fox.
However tonight was much more fruitful with the recapture of a fine male bird at Higher Whitley. He had been ringed by me as a chick in 2011 and has only travelled 4 km to set up home.
I also found my first broods of Tawny Owls of the year, including this female with three young chicks. A healthy cache of prey was in the box, including a rat which can just be made out in the background.