Wondered why the barns owls have been hunting in the daylight this year?
BARN OWLS 5TH JUNE I had the pleasure last Friday 5th June, of going around Wimple Estate with Colin Shawyer, (licensed Barn Owl handler, researcher and author), to visit the three known Barn Owl nesting sites and an additional suspected nest. We started off with the Barn Owl box in an Ash Tree near Sharps Plantation. The first thing you have to do is to block off the Hole in the nest box, then climb a ladder and with great care open a small door in the base of the box, put your hand in the box and remove one of the owls without getting caught by their talons. There were two owls present but no eggs and no young, one bird was removed brought down the ladder in a bag, examined, ringed and weighed, the first bird was a female and weighed 330 gms.
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