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Sunday, April 29th 2018

The nest box season is in full swing with the bird ringers going out frequently checking all the nest boxes not only at Foxglove but out on the training area.

They have found some Tawny Owl boxes with eggs.

Tawny Owl box with eggs

Some have well grown owlets.  This one is ready to head back to its nest.

Owlet

On checking the records the following information has been retrieved.

mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-language:
EN-GB">Tawny Owl - GA38988, ringed at Hudswell Grange as a chick in 2007, has bred in the Washdown box for the past 4 years.  She is now an 11 year old female retrapped on Saturday.  She has a one day old chick and one egg!

mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-language:
EN-GB">Another Tawny Owl - GN48735, first ringed as an adult female in Waithwith Wood in 2010, has bred in the same wood every year since and has been caught in all three different boxes there have been in that wood.  She is now at least 9 years old and was retrapped by Stacey last Wednesday night.  Mrs GN48735 has four chicks, about six days old this year.

The bird ringers are at Warcop Training area today checking boxes not only for Tawny Owls but hopefully for Barn Owls also.


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