Baby owl

Baby owl

The babies are between 2 and 4 weeks old and are laid by the female two days apart from each other, this is the biggest of the five babies. They are really warm and extremely docile, this baby owl won’t have seen the outside of its box before today! They are too young to be able to tell if they are male or female but the next visit will tell all. Its great news to have the owls back and I hope you keep an eye out for them while you’re golfing.

Wheatear male

Wheatear male

Brown hare

Brown hare

Owl in car

Owl in car

The female (pictured above) lives with her babies in the box by the 5th tee. The male was not in the box but there are pellets in the box by the 5th green proving he is close by, he hunts for food and protects the box and is slightly smaller in size. I like to think of the female in the bedroom and the male resigned to the sofa!

Two owls

Two owls

Baby owl in hand

Baby owl in hand

The male barn owl

The male barn owl

Barn owl

Barn owl

Owl in flight

Owl in flight

Owl in flight

Owl in flight

2 year old male barn owl

2 year old male barn owl

Being ringed

Being ringed

In 2009 we had 4 babies in the box and in both 2010 and 2011 we had 5. That makes 14 baby barn owls in 3 years makes our box the most prolific in mid-Suffolk and we are really proud of this! One of the ringed chicks from last year has been found around in a farm the other side of Shrublands near Clayden, a full 10 miles away from the Golf Centre. This is an unusual distance for a barn owl to move away.

Whose a pretty owl

Whose a pretty owl

1 year old female barn owl

1 year old female barn owl

Young fox

Young fox

How to weigh a barn owl

How to weigh a barn owl

Skylark

Skylark

White throat

White throat

Green woodpecker

Green woodpecker

Yellow hammer

Yellow hammer

Great spotted woodpecker

Great spotted woodpecker

Owl box

Owl box

John Walshe from Suffolk Wildlife came to the Golf Centre to visit the Owl box above the 5th tee today (Sunday). He found a 1 year old female and her 5 baby owls in the box, he ringed the female and will return to ring the babies in a month or so. This means last years female may well have died during the winter, it was by all accounts a bad winter for barn owls. This is John removing the female ready to weigh and ring her. The wood in the mouth of the box is there to stop her flying out.

Woodpecker

Woodpecker

Kestrel

Kestrel

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