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Success - Tawny Owls Have Nested In Our Garden

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Hello All. Thought I would share our excitement this year as Tawny Owls have successfully nested, hatched and raised Owletts in our nest box.

Around 3 years ago, OH constructed an owl nest box and positioned it high in an ash tree on the boundary, near the pond, facing the open fields.

We’ve heard the owls many years in the night, they usually start their calling sounds around January each year.

Around the beginning of May this year, we sat out one evening at dusk and saw an owl fly over from a distance with what looked like a mouse in its beak, it disappeared behind the trees. We both looked at each other and thought, wonder if its feeding babies but never gave it much thought after that.

On Friday 31st May, a Friday evening, I was home alone. After Corrie I thought I would take Bonnie a little walk around the garden, it was a damp evening but warm. As I approached the path that runs behind the pond, I looked up into the tree where the nest box is and I could not believe my eyes.

There they sat, 2 of them, baby Tawny Owls, on top of the box. I froze, then calmly turned before going into a run towards the house to get my camera. I rang OH at work, we were amazed, we hadnt got a clue they had nested. One looking at me and one facing the fields.

Next morning, they were still there, by mid afternoon they had moved to the branches of the ash tree further along, by Day 4 we couldnt see them for leaves but all Summer they’ve been out in the night, sometimes in the big willow near our house, and a couple of nights they’ve been on our house roof. Mum calls to them and they call back. She will have been feeding them all summer but by autumn they will be finding their own way in life and finding their own territories. There should be lots of food around here for them, I guess that’s why Mum chose the site.

I’ve been in contact with The Owl Trust in the Lake District so they know where we are so they can log where Tawnies are breeding successfully.

We feel so priveliged. I wish them well for their future.

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What an incredible blog Dawn. I am absolutely thrilled for you.

15 Sep, 2013

 

How exciting Dawn to have created the perfect home and environment for these wonderful creatures to breed and rear their young. Well done you and hubby!
Let's hope they stay in the area and use your box year after year, wouldn't that be great...:))
We loved seeing and learning about the Owls at Muncaster in Cumbria last year, you must be thrilled to have a breeding pair enjoying your fabulous garden....:)

15 Sep, 2013

 

That's incredible Dawn...I can just imagine how excited you were to see this! Brilliant!

15 Sep, 2013

 

Oops!

15 Sep, 2013

 

Hi Karen, thank you. Actually had you in mind for your new garden :). Maybe you have kestrels around there too?

15 Sep, 2013

 

Hi Janey, we are thrilled its happened, dead chuffed. Lets hope they come back next Spring.

When I first looked up I thought they were wood pigeons. I think they were as shocked looking down on me as I was looking up at them, lol.

15 Sep, 2013

 

Wow Dawn....I can only imagine how you felt when you looked up...thrilling!!!....:>)

15 Sep, 2013

amy
Amy
 

You know how excited I was Dawn ,absolutely thrilled for you it was wonderful news I'm sure they will be making their home with you in the future , well done John for making an excellent owl box ,they obviously love it ....

15 Sep, 2013

 

Hi Mot, yes I was thrilled, couldnt believe my eyes.
Hi Amy, of course you were a part of it at the time :). you felt my excitement. Not heard them for a few nights now, probs on their way ...

15 Sep, 2013

 

How exciting for you.

15 Sep, 2013

 

Just great Drc, as you can imagine.

15 Sep, 2013

amy
Amy
 

It's a shame you can't see what becomes of them or where they go ,I expect the young ones will find new territories , the parents will probably stay in the area to breed again next year fingers crossed .....

15 Sep, 2013

 

Hi Amy, yes I think that's exactly how it works.

We're thinking of putting a kestrel box up at the other end of the wooded bit. They are open fronted boxes.

15 Sep, 2013

 

They are so cute.

15 Sep, 2013

 

Dawn, I think it will mostly be Buzzards around us, as it is here...and the occasional sparrow hawk. Can't wait to see your Kestrel box going up though....but the Tawny Owls.....wow!

15 Sep, 2013

 

Thanks Li.
Hi Karen, lots of buzzards here too but not sure how they nest, suspect very high up in trees like crows, I must research :-)

15 Sep, 2013

 

I'm sure you and your garden were especially chosen as their nesting place,Dawn.......what a thrill for you.

15 Sep, 2013

 

They look so cute Dawn, I can just imagine how excited you were at finding them. Good luck with the Kestrel box.

16 Sep, 2013

 

Wow dawn you are so lucky, how lovely to have them in your garden , we hear the owls here but have not seen them....

16 Sep, 2013

 

Brilliant blog and photos Dawn :o)

16 Sep, 2013

 

Oh how incredibly lucky, and to see them all summer too x

16 Sep, 2013

 

WoW my stomach did a flip when i looked at the pics of the baby owls, how amazing is that. WOW again.. Well done to you, hub and your Mum for creating the right Habitat for those amazing birds..Wow lol.

16 Sep, 2013

 

Oh how fantastic! I was almost as excited as you as I read your blog.
You have obviously sited the box in the right place, because I understand Owls can be rather pickie.
Fingers crossed Mum uses the box again next year!

16 Sep, 2013

 

Oh No! Snoopdog I hope you haven't put a jinks on them. I'm touching wood.

16 Sep, 2013

 

Lovely blog, how lucky you are to have them in your garden. Do hope they stay around for you ....

16 Sep, 2013

 

That's great Dawn. It must have been wonderful to see them. I hope they continue to nest in your garden :o)

16 Sep, 2013

 

This has brightened my day,Dawn,I adore Owls..ny favourite birds..such little beauties,and you are so lucky to have them..we never see them here,sadly,but thank you for showing us yours..and I hope mum comes back to breed in her new found home :o)

17 Sep, 2013

 

Awww Meadowland, what a nice thing to say :-0
Hi Gralew, yes, so exciting.
Hello Holly, very rare we see them a night, just before dark if we are lucky. Except on this occasion of course.
Thanks Annella, Pam.
Hello YoungD - lovely, isnt it. Jack Frost is doing well btw.
Hi Waddy, yes we did a bit of research into the positioning and drilled holes in the bottom of the box in case heavy rain flooded it.
Hello Stripes, Hywel, let's hope they do make it their permanent nesting site. Worried at one point that squirrels may have taken over it.
Thanks Snoopdog, apparently the mother owl is vicious if her babies are attached but as your talking from experience, we'll probably not bother with a kestrel box.
Hi Bloomer, glad you liked it. We are absolutely thrilled.

Forgot to say, when the babies left the box, Mum was never far away, calling to them.

Thanks again to you all.

17 Sep, 2013

 

Oh wow Dawn amazing!!!!! lucky you, they're so cute my first thought was furby lol, nice to see you back :-)

17 Sep, 2013

 

Wow that is just amazing, they obviously loved your garden, I am sure they will return again and again, the photos were smashing.

17 Sep, 2013

 

Hi Kathy, thank you, knew you'd be pleased. Furby, lol. Spot on. I bet your girls had Furby's the same time as mine, they're still up the loft, ha ha.

Hi Angela, thank you. Yes the garden must be just right, lots of food here and there's the nature trail over the road with canal, lot of vermin here, lol.

17 Sep, 2013

 

Funny you should say that Dawn we found one of ours just the other week while having a clear out, and it still worked!!! still as annoying as ever, used to scare Suzanne to death when it woke in the night lol.

17 Sep, 2013

 

Ha ha Kathy. One Christmas Charlotte knew she was getting one and insisted on staying up on Christmas Eve until midnight so she could open it. None of us had any sleep that night, lol.

17 Sep, 2013

 

That is really fabulous Dawn.....lucky you.

17 Sep, 2013

 

Hi Linda. It's great that they are breeding OK, whether its in our garden or not, just an added bonus :)

17 Sep, 2013

 

I have to tiptoe past Furby, its like a naughty puppy if you wake it up, still haven't taught it English yet lol
Good news re the Jack frost, you will probably have to split it next year. (more plants yay ) everything you sent me is thriving but i didn't have much success with the seeds you sent me last year, Any seeds for that matter, i think our spring's are topsy turvy as i usually sow enough to fill my front garden with high germination..
I was telling my hub about your Owls and he thinks its great and said Awww, and thats from someone who doesen't do gardening or nature :))) so, a compliment from him then..

18 Sep, 2013

 

Lol Daisy, the best part of the Furby is when they are asleep.

I've already split Jack Frost this autumn :-) Love it.

Seeds are weird, arent they, some of mine failed but I tried them again in the summer and they grew that time.

Say thanks to Mr Daisy, glad he liked them.

18 Sep, 2013

 

wow..great blog and pictures..its great when this happens..excellent and thanks for sharing

20 Sep, 2013

 

Congratulations . . . what a wonderful story! So glad you captured pics of the babies for us to see too. It has to be one of the most rewarding things to do - helping our wildlife: brilliant :)

20 Sep, 2013

 

Fantastic.you are incredibly lucky.I assume they'll probably come back for years now and nest.hopefully so, anyway! for you.

20 Sep, 2013

 

Superb!

20 Sep, 2013

 

How lovely to have owls nest in I never even see any where I live

20 Sep, 2013

 

Hello Skips, nice to see you. There you go, a perfect project for you.

Hi Sheila. Amazing isnt it. Sp pleased I got the pics when I did because they were soon out of sight.

Hello Paul. Fingers crossed they'll return. Feel so privileged. Watch this space ;).

Thanks Cloudy :)

Hello Jackie, very rare to see them but listen out at night, you just might.

20 Sep, 2013

 

Hi Karen just read ur blog .. Brilliant .. Omg amazeing .. Pics are really gud u shud them in to a magerzine 😊😊😊

4 Apr, 2014

 

Hello Cristina, nice to see you again. Glad you like the blog, I hope they are nesting again this year, only time will tell. Did that golden hop I sent you a while back grow? Mine is just beginning to emerge again.

5 Apr, 2014

 

Tis is just the icing on the cake. What a joy and a privilege. Oh and I were so thrilled to be watching a sparrow family last night. We had just pulled onto the driveway when we noticed the sparrows shinning up the shingles of the house next door. Eventually, they flew into a tiny gap near the roof and we could see a little one pop its head out. We stayed in the car for about 10 minutes, staring up at our neighbour's house. Anyone watching must have thought us even odder than they already do! I dread to imagine our antics if we had owls; would probably lose the plot entirely.

12 Jun, 2014

 

Lucky you Tuesday, I never see house sparrows here and I love the, we have dunnocks though. The baby owls are active at night, as you can imagine, we are pretty sure they were on the roof of the house last night, chirping away, calling to be fed by their mum, so hot last night, had the windows open, bless them, lovely to hear.

13 Jun, 2014

 

Well there you go! Who'd have thought that you wouldn't have house sparrows? I know their numbers have declined but I still kind of take them as a given, in any garden. We have many more this year than last, which is lovely. How nice to hear the owlets calling to Mum.

13 Jun, 2014

 

Hello, I want house sparrows, lol!
The owlets were going crazy again last night, they sound like a squeeky toy, I guess they are saying to mum, "Feed me".

14 Jun, 2014

 

What a great acheivement for you, after placing the box there and actually getting the tawny owls nesting in it. Perhaps it will be a yearly thing now they know it's safe there. Obviously the wild life around is good enough to sustain their feeding. Lovely.

6 Nov, 2014

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