Monday, 30 May 2011

Long-eared Owl pulli

It’s looking like the Long-eared Owls have bred at very different times depending on the location this year so while we some pulli are now fledged other potential parents are wing clapping and still to breed so this means we’ve probably missed a few this year. However, on Wednesday I did manage to ring my first Long-eared Owl pulli of the year – Its brother/ sister had already fledged and could be heard in trees close by.

Long-eared Owl ringed on 26 May 2011

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Barn Owl bonanza

On Friday I was out with Andy and Adrian checking a few more Barn Owl boxes. After the harsh winter we weren’t expecting much but it felt like there were Barn Owls everywhere we looked. With boxes still to check we’re up to eight pairs confirmed with most on five eggs. Four Barn Owls were ringed yesterday and there were two retraps – one female in the same box for the third year and another female that’s moved a couple of miles since being ringed last year.

In addition there were three sites with Kestrels all on five eggs and a Stock Dove.

Kestrel - Ringed on 29 April 2011