Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Breeding Failures

This morning we went out to check upon the progress of three active Barn owl sites in the south of the county and to hopefully ring the young. Sadly all three sites had suffered brood failures and although adult birds were present at two locations there were no youngsters to be found.

A pair of birds were ringed at the first site; a third year male along with his second year companion. She is a very pale bird with hardly any speckling whatsoever and could easily be mistaken for a male at first glance.

At the third site we found this second year male who was a tad shy and perhaps he didn't want to face the camera! All three birds are in good condition and will hopefully try to breed again next year.