Little Owlets

I spent the day on the plot yesterday doing bits and pieces in between the torrential rain showers (whippet made happy with new pillow in her polytunnel bed) and the only soles i saw were Paul the Owl Man and his buddy Daz who turned up to check the Little Owl chick situation. I had been listening for screeching chicks for a couple of weeks now but only started hearing them during the last week and yesterday too, so i was confident something was happening.

Ladders were soon up the tree and their flexible wireless camera was investigating the main hole. However, norhing obvious except one adult bird (amazing to see on a little screen that close up, like Springwatch but better). The cavern in the main hole is big and has a couple of holes off it going up into the tree. Paul and Daz could both reach the bird but couldn’t identify aby thing else in there. There are a couple of other holes around the tree so the ladder was moved round accordingly untl finally the smallest and most difficult hole to get to was reached. Daz was first up and the camera immediately identified an owlet. After some poking around it was clear that there were 3! Yay, so pleased they have been successful this year! They are quite big and almost ready to fledge. Z and I both got up the ladders to have a look ourselves and you can see them without the camera when the camera light is facing them.

I took the opportunity to go and get my bushcam and have strapped it to a branch very close to the hole on a video setting. It’s wedged by a bit of stick to get the angle right so hopefully if it doesn’t move we should get some video. I had tried to get owl video before but obviously had it facing the wrong hole, duh. When you get up there the stink and the poo all over the branches is enough to give it away! Will know for next year…


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