Monday, 17 June 2013

Clifton Grove Little Owls

Rob Hoare is a dedicated patch-watcher and excellent wildlife photographer. Since the mid 1990s he has been closely monitoring the birds in the Clifton Grove area of the Trent Valley.

Recently Rob has erected some nest boxes to help the local Little Owls as many of the mature trees in the area have fallen and natural nest sites are now rather scarce.

This spring he was pleased to find an adult bird on small young and kindly invited me to ring the chicks this weekend.

It'll be interesting to see how the boxes (and indeed the owls) perform over the coming years, hopefully we can understand them better and get an idea of breeding success and survival rates.


 Photographs courtesy of Rob Hoare and Jan Hennig

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