I’ve had a tawny owl nestbox in my garden for about 5 years and, each year, a pigeon has raised its family in it. Last year I tried a different design, the chimney type, which I slung under a branch of one of the old apple trees at a 45 degree angle. The box attracted one or two birds, mainly stock doves, which I think were just roosting in it. But no owls.
Every day for the past few weeks, I’ve heard a tawny in the garden and I’ve been unable to find it. This isn’t unusual for this time of year but, today, one of my grandsons went to play on the swing and ‘a massive owl’ flew out of the box! This is fantastic news. Except that since tawny owls are susceptible to disturbance, the swing is now out of bounds until nesting is finished.
I’m keeping my fingers crossed that she’ll settle down and raise a family right in my garden and, maybe, the family album will grace these pages in a few months time.