Barn owls …

Over 15 years ago, Colin and Linda were given a Barn Owl box which has been used over the years by Stock Doves, Kestrels and Tawny Owls but never a Barn Owl.

Then in late April this year, while bat detecting, they noticed a Barn Owl flying from the box and then the following night a Barn Owl showing well next to it.

They continue to have regular sightings of the male Barn Owl hunting and returning to the nest box with food for the female which must be brooding eggs.

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3 thoughts on “Barn owls …”

  1. Barn Owl monitoring continues. On Wednesday 13th May the male bird came out of the nest box, dusted itself down (preened and stretched its wings) and then made nine return visits (with rodents) in 67 minutes! Friday 15th May was our 20th recording evening – and what an evening with both male and female birds hunting! The chicks must be well on their way!

  2. Here is our latest news. We have been monitoring our Barn Owl box and recording nightly activity.

    Early in the week we had a big scare! A Grey Squirrel climbed the tree and disappeared from view! We know that this ‘alien’ species is responsible for up to a 40% decline of woodland birds and so we were worried. Having researched the incidence of creatures co-habiting with Barn Owls in boxes (ie Kestrels and Stock Doves) we found that on rare occasions Grey Squirrels may set up home in a different compartment of the box.

    Any way, to cut a long story short, the owls seem to have weathered the storm. On one occasion the male brought back four voles in 20 minutes! It is obviously feeding the female and possibly chicks. It is a nerve racking business …

  3. Congratulations Colin and Linda on your great news about the Barn Owl in the box you put up so many years ago -and good to hear from Catherine about the Barn Owl actually using a barn in a farm near Darfield.

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