2014 is beginning to look like it will be a good Barn Owl year following the disappointments of 2013. Tonight I found our 24th breeding pair so far and there are many sites that still remain to be checked.
It does seem clear which bird of this pair is doing all of the work inside the nest site . The male, by contrast, is looking quite spruce and this is essential as he will be doing all of the hunting for his brood and his mate as well as for himself. His feathers need to be in tip top condition for him to be at his most effective as a hunter.