Last November I was invited along to a local wood by its new owner who was very keen to regenerate it for the benefit of wildlife and nature in general. We made a start by erecting some nest boxes for Tawny Owls and so it was particularly pleasing to find one of them being put to good use today.
The female Tawny is still brooding her three chicks, her brood patch is clearly visible in the photograph below, but it won't be too long before she will leave them during the daytime to go and roost nearby, returning to the nest site at night in order to feed her young. Needless to say, the owner of the wood is delighted.
|Brood of Three|