Last night at about 8.30pm, I arrived home to find the tawny owl sitting in the entrance to her box. She looked around for 5-6 minutes while I watched her and then she took off. Tonight, I set up my amazing Simon King hide for the very first time. I zipped myself inside, the stitching unraveled and the zip came apart! Otherwise, it seems like a very good hide…
So, I set up my camera and waited, and waited, until it got too dark for a photo. I switched off the camera and, as I did so, I heard the sound of claws on plywood and out she came. I swear she waited until I’d given up. She then flew straight off down the field so I took the opportunity to extricate myself and return to the house – to write to simonkingwildlife.com and tell them about their amazing hide.
But the owl news is that, as I exited the hide, I could hear the distinct murmuring of baby owl(s) from the box. If I say so myself, this is fantastic news and I’m hoping that in the next few weeks I might manage to engineer some pics when the young leave the nest to stretch their wings.
Now, this is also newsworthy – I contacted simonkingwildlife.com at around 9pm tonight, Saturday, with my zip story and, at 10pm, Sarah emailed me offering to post me a new hide. Sarah, what are you doing answering work emails on a Saturday night?
But is that customer service, or what? Yes! Well done, Sarah! But, after you’ve posted my hide, have a day off.
Stay with me…
Almost 2 weeks later and I can hear the young birds twittering in the box. I have a feeling that, as they grow, the adults are leaving them alone during the daytime as I can sometimes hear the female in my neighbour’s tree. Soon, they should start to make an appearance if just to stretch their wings and have a look around. I keep getting enquiries about them, their presence having ignited the interest of several of my friends.