As any regular followers of this blog may know my time with the local owls is not just about going out and taking images. Yes that does take up a lot of my time and I thoroughly enjoy it but that really was a by-product of the main objective which was to monitor numbers and then encourage population growth. So far nearly 100 nest boxes have been made and erected, in the early days the majority of them were Little Owl boxes. But in time I learnt the fact that the local Barn Owl numbers were very sparse indeed so the main focus moved over to them and suitable boxes were also made and erected.
Prior to the breeding season there was potentially 4 different pairs that may use one of the boxes, but the horrid weather conditions put an end to that and only one pair bred successfully. Luckily the box that was used had a camera in it so we were able to monitored closely the whole saga, right from the laying of the first egg on March 21st right through to the four juveniles finally fledging in mid July.
So after the youngsters had left the nest there wasn't any reason to continue monitoring via the cam as all I'd have been watching was an empty box! So when a quick check via the cam yesterday revealed not an empty box but one of the owls day roosting it wasn't really a surprise, (image below). But hang on a minute, when they roost they are normally standing up, this bird was laying down?
I continued to watch, then after a few minutes of doing nothing up she got to reveal her prize possessions...........7 EGGS!!!!!!
It is brilliant news that these owls have gone for a second clutch, they alone are doing their bit for boosting the local population, all we can do now is keep our fingers crossed that all goes well and the weather is kind to them.
I will update on any significant developments.