- Nature Notes
Update on our breeding Barn Owls
Our local BTO ringing team were joined by several Friends, who had volunteered their time over the past few months, for the annual check of all of our boxes. A fantastic 16 birds were found.
The team visited six boxes today and encountered 16 birds with the following results:
Oak tree - No birds, previous visit on 4th June there were 2 young and 1 egg. The adults were in adjoining box and 1 caught and ringed. The young/eggs were presumably predated, rat or stoat possible suspects.
School House box: previously 3 eggs and 3 small chicks, now 1 small chick, 1 sick chick, 1 dead egg, 1 predated egg. (It's a tough life for young birds! )
Rose Cottage, previously 3 or 4 young, now 3 owlets ringed. (Fantastic!)
Cods House box (at Spitend) previously 3 or 4 young, now 3 owlets ringed.
Straymarsh Farm box (in the open barn at the entrance to Elmley) previously 3 or 4 young, now 4 owlets ringed. (Fantastic!)
Swale NNR Barn box: previously 2 young ringed, 2 young too small to ring. Today all 4 owlets still there and remaining 2 large enough to wear. One adult bird recaptured.