At Home in a Hole

Thursday, May 11th 2017

We’re early on in our ‘nest box season’ where our licensed bird ringers are checking our nest boxes and ringing chicks. However, today we also checked a pretty special nest at Foxglove: This tawny owl is nesting in a natural cavity – we thought her plumage was particularly stunning, with a richer, ‘russety’ colour than many tawnys.

This nest had good parents – the chicks (still too young to ring) were surrounded in their nest by a circle of dead voles, so have no shortage of food!

Checks of our standard bird boxes also continued today – you can join our licensed bird ringers to visit some of the nest boxes in our scheme to observe and learn about the processes of bird ringing and nest monitoring on one of our nest box visit events: book through our events page here.

In the meantime our Thursday volunteers helped with all sorts of useful monitoring and maintenance; checking water flows, touching up preservative on our marker posts, repairing dams, filling hoppers, 

cleaning a window,

moving chippings

and upgrading the, now slightly drier, path by the voley ponds.

Thank you as always to all who helped!


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