The four owlets were ringed by our licensed ringers on Friday morning.
There were three males and one female. The eldest was seven weeks old. We would like to have checked the ring on the adult female bird but she was roosting away from the tower.
The chicks were very healthy and will very soon be taking their first tentative flights. We shall only see them on camera occasionally from now on as they will sit in the entrance tunnel to the nest chamber just out of sight.
The weather has been very hot for several days. The female has no need to brood her five chicks. They are spread out so as to avoid the warm bodies of their siblings.
The barn owl is one of the most widely distributed birds on the planet. They are found in every continent except Antartica,so they are well used to extremes of heat and cold. Nevertheless, like many humans, they will be glad of a more acceptable temperature.
The corn is ripening and the combines will be out soon. This will lead to a glut in mice which will benefit our owls.