Ups and Downs

Friday, May 3rd 2013

Having checked most of the large bird boxes out on the training area, attention was turned to the ones closer to the conservation hub at Foxglove. A small team equipped with ladders and nets set off in the hopes of catching Tawny Owls to ring.

Team Owl

A head for heights is required as many of the boxes are sited high up on trees and need to be checked for eggs or chicks.

Checking the Box

Early results indicate that the Jackdaws are having a good breeding season with clutches of up to 5 eggs in some cases.

Jackdaw eggs

However, to John's delight, Tawny Owls were also found in some places. This adult female was brooding three eggs. This was a new bird that hadn't been ringed before.

Tawny

Another was found to have only one egg. This bird had been ringed as an adult in 2010 so is at least four years old.

Tawny

Sadly, in another location the eggs had been predated.

Predated Egg

The successful nests will be re-visited over the next few weeks so watch this space to see if the adults manage to raise any young. Thanks to everyone who helped out today and to Joan for making delicious chocolate biscuits too!


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