Category Archives: Barn Owl Field Work

SOMETHING WET AND WARM DOWN THE TROUSERS, WRESTLING WITH A GRIZZLY AND THROUGH A HEDGE BACKARDS!!

Tuesday 19th June. You have to take care when removing a Barn Owl from a box. Whether adult or chick, it’s important you point their rear end in the right direction as they have an effective defence mechanism of unloading … Continue reading

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BARN OWLS; THEY CAN STILL GET YOU; EVEN WHEN DEAD!!

One of the first boxes I looked in yesterday was empty except for a long-dead adult Barn Owl. This was very flat and stiff and to get rid of it, I went to skim it into the hedge bottom like … Continue reading

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2012; A SLOW START!!

It took me a long time to get into the Barn Owls of 2012; I’m usually raring to go by mid-May but the arrival of a new Grand-daughter to my Daughter Ellen in South Oxfordshire and subsequent visitations set me … Continue reading

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DON’T GET BOGGED DOWN!!

Monday 18th July: A few more BBOP boxes to clear up and a return to the Greasly Estate where we’d done so well with the new boxes last year. John Revill joined Gordon and me for the day and the … Continue reading

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BACK TO THE GRIND

After a great month in Canada and Alaska, I arrived home refreshed and ready to start ringing all the chicks; some of these were approaching 6-7 weeks old so I had to get round fast before they fledged. First; some … Continue reading

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LITTLE OWLS DOING WELL

In my last post; I told about taking a call from a local builder, Chris who had found a Little Owl nest in a barn he was converting. We were nearby so went over and I advised Chris to screw a … Continue reading

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BATTLING THROUGH REWARDED

Out with Neil today; hoping to finish off all the boxes east of the Fosse. The first box was a reminder as to why we no longer put boxes on trees in the middle of fields. These trees were once … Continue reading

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NOT THE BEST DAY EVER!!

Gordon came round today and brought John Revill for a Barn Owl experience. If I’m an Owl Man, then you could say that John is a Tit Man; that’s Willow Tits, doing a similar job to us but on a … Continue reading

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BARN OWLS STILL FLYING

The blog was down for a few days; all fixed now thanks to our Webmaster Kevin. May 18th. The nest box checks continued  and Neil Pinder was helping out today and he brought young Zoe with him to help brighten … Continue reading

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A BUSY DAY BUT A GOOD ONE!

Clive and Gordon joined me today for a long morning round Holme Pierrepont, Radcliffe, Stragglethorpe, Cotgrave, Clipston and Normanton on the Wolds. We found 4 Barn Owl nests, catching 7 adults, 6 of which were remarkably new birds and had out … Continue reading

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