Saturday, 9 January 2010
I am very concerned about our Barn owls this winter. They need four mice a day and in this prolonged cold weather with the ground covered in snow for weeks, they will be struggling to find any mice or the like at all. We haven't seen the adult which usually roosts underneath our barn, it has more chance than the two juveniles that hatched in our box this year, they have not had a chance to develop their hunting skills to cope with this weather. This was a picture of one of the owlets before it fledged when we were ringing it, if you lay them on their backs they play dead.