Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Checking Barn Owl boxes in the Vale of Belvoir

I went back to 17 boxes last Friday, where adults had been hanging round previously or they'd been early breeders. It proved well worthwhile with 3 broods of Barn Owls (11 chicks) ringed and several to go back to ring in late September.

They highlighted the very mixed season with a couple of genuine second broods and some second breeding attempts (with new chicks sat beside dead first broods and where females must have re-laid within two weeks of her first chicks dying).

This really is a summer of 2 halves.

Jim

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