Monthly Archives: June 2012

TANKS FOR EVERYTHING

29th June. A regular reader of these blogs will know that nothing in Barn Owling is ever straightforward; something unusual nearly always happens which is good; it stops me being bored and hopefully keeps you entertained. I had 2 helpers … Continue reading

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THE KINOULTON GHOST

A couple of weeks ago; I received an email from local ringer Pete Leonard who told me he’d visited a Kestrel box near Kinoulton and that a Barn Owl had flown from a nearby Barn Owl box. Yesterday; with Chris … Continue reading

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A FRUITFUL DAY

Tuesday 20th June. Taking advantage of the nice weather, an early start had Gordon round to help but we would be finishing early as the poor man had to travel to the airport later to catch a flight to Madeira. … Continue reading

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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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THE ANGEL OF COSTOCK

On the 21st March I received this email from Sister Mary Julian, 2nd in command of the Holy Cross Convent at Costock; We are very miserable as we do not seem to have any Barn Owls. I haven’t seen one … 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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A NICE INJECTION OF CASH

While grants for equipment, tools and nest boxes are available to us; it’s running costs like motoring expenses which are the biggest burden to us as a group these are not available as conservation grants. We all know the price … Continue reading

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A DAY OUT WITH HOWARD – the not so Tight O’Broughton.

Barn Owl helper Neil Pinder wrote the following article after a nice day out with the Owlist!! When I got in from a hard day counting Grizzled Skippers in the baking sunshine of late May with Bill “the butterfly” Bacon, … 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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