Wednesday 11th May; out with Clive again, first to look for some owls missing on
Sunday at Tollerton; the Park gates had been locked then and with 3 boxes inside, there would be a good chance that they’d moved across the road. Sure enough, with the blocker in the hole of the first box, I could see a Barn Owl trying to push it out. No chance and it was soon in the net; a nice big female, soon to be followed by the male, an unusually pale bird. His ring number was only 5 away from the male we’d caught on Sunday, remarkably, it was another bird from 2005, ringed in a box on Bunny Lane and I can remember it
well as my daughter Ellen and partner Jem had been with us and photographs were taken with the chicks. There were 5 eggs in the box!!
Next, we had a date with Sister Mary Julian at the new Holy Cross Convent, a newly converted farm on Bunny Hill. The sisters had only recently moved into their new home; last year, when we ringed birds here, it had been a building site but now, it was almost finished.
In the box, we found the same male as last year with another female that was unringed. She was very pale for a female with none of the spots on the underwing which usually denotes a female but a with a nice brood patch, there was no doubt to her
On the way back, Sister Mary showed us a Grass Snake under a sheet of
corrugated iron in the grass.
Later, over the road, we found another female in a box with 6 eggs so 15 eggs found today.