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PREDICTIONS FOR THE BARN OWL YEAR AHEAD

The last two Barn Owl years couldn’t be further apart; 2013 was a disaster with poor winter weather causing a massive crash in the vole population; hundreds of Barn Owls were reported dead and very few pairs carried on to breed. … Continue reading

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CALL THAT AN OWL? THAT’S AN OWL!!

On my recent trip the Belarus, it turned out that one of our guides, Denis Kitel was an Owl Man; putting up platforms for nesting Great Grey and Long-eared Owls and monitoring nest holes of Tengmalm’s Owls. He was able … Continue reading

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A GOOD DAY FOR UPDATING MY BLOG!!

On a horrible cold snowy day, a good day for updating my blog; so what do Owlists do in the Winter?? Well, there’s always something to do though nothing is that urgent and much depends on the weather. Some owls … Continue reading

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HEDGING MY BETS

All my life I’ve loved ladders; from being a 4 year old toddler climbing up the diving board at Bulwell Lido to a life on the Fire Service, then doing the Barn Owl Project; ladders have always played a big … Continue reading

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END OF SEASON BLUES; NOT QUITE

As expected, the long hard ringing season finally petered out but not before we’d added to our total. David Stock who keeps an eye on some boxes at Hathern called to say that he’d seen Barn Owls around a box … Continue reading

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BACK IN THE GROOVE!!

I started the day with some trepidation; after finding 2 broods of dead chicks last week, we were scheduled to check 2 more boxes that should by now have good sized chicks, one at Stragglethorpe that had already fledged 2 chicks this … Continue reading

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SOLVED; THE MYSTERY OF SKINNER’S LOCK FARM!!

Last year, I had a call from one of my farmers, Jo,  a lady at Skinner’s Lock Farm at Cotgrave. She told me that she’d found a dead Barn Owl chick in her pig barn but could find no trace … Continue reading

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CAMERA BOX AT RCP

Rushcliffe Country Park at Ruddington could be said to have been the first home of RUBOP; our first boxes were erected here and though the provision of 7 boxes would be considered now to be overkill; in 1997, the project … Continue reading

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A NOT SO GOOD A DAY!!

As an addition to yesterdays blog on second broods; today wasn’t so good!! First the morning rain wasn’t expected, the so-called weather forecasters cocked up yet again and after yesterday’s promise of a dry day, the early morning drizzle came as a … Continue reading

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SECOND BROODS; an occasional bonus!!

It’s hard to know how the Barn Owls are aware in April that they will lay further eggs after the first lot of kids have left home in August. Second broods don’t occur every year and usually depend on the … Continue reading

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