1 July 2020
These were the fist chicks we ringed this year 3 very healthy chicks thankfully. Hopefully the first clutch of many this pair may produce. They managed to seek out this particular nest box within eight months of it being fitted to the tree. Other Barn Owl nest boxes I have fitted before now have taken up to six years before a pair take up residence.. I suppose there are a healthy number of Barn Owls in Gwent which is obviously very good. Now that there are numerous pairs in the area nesting sights are being sought out more. I do believe that you cannot erect to many nest boxes my attitude is the more there are the more choice there is. If there are a good variety it gives fussy pairs a good choice.
It was lovely to have Ross and Elizabeth Murray of Llanover Estate accompany us today ringing Barn Owl chicks.These 3 chicks are from the Barn Owl nest box I made for my friend Steve Roberts. We actually fitted this particular nest box to a grand old oak tree less than a year ago. It is situated in a wild flower meadow field behind Steve`s house where he can see it from his balcony.