Author: John Mycock

The results for barn owl breeding in 2021, in the areas of Cheshire which we manage (i.e. north, north east, east, south and mid), are now available. The figures are very reassuring. 123 breeding pairs were recorded (of which 12 …

2021 Barn Owl Breeding Results Read More »

After 20 months of Covid lockdown, at last we have been able to hold a box making day at Lower Moss Wood (on 17 October 2021). Excellent day with 9 attendees (4 of which were new members). 7 new boxes …

2021 Box Making Day Read More »

2019 has started quite optimistically. A number of boxes have been checked, principally for maintenance and cleaning out purposes. However, in so doing, a number of barn owls have been found – all looking quite healthy. But interesting, and relatively …

Barn Owl Movements Read More »

Just been checking two barn owl boxes expecting to find chicks in both ready for ringing. The first box contained three dead chicks (luckily the second box had two healthy chicks in it). But this is the second week I’ve …

Are the Barn Owls Suffering??? Read More »

Things are still progressing well with barn owl breeding in our areas. Only this last weekend we found two ‘new’ breeding pairs, one on four eggs. But also this weekend we visited a box which in early May had three …

There are always down sides Read More »

Looking forward to this year’s Royal Cheshire Show and meeting members and old acquaintances again. Things looking quite good around our area groups so far this year – so we should be able to give a positive message to all …

Royal Cheshire Show 2018 Read More »

I watched Springwatch last night (5 June), which reported poor barn owl activity in a number of areas of the UK, citing poor winter weather and low vole and shrew breeding as the main causes. However, our recent experiences here …

Is Cheshire ‘Bucking’ the Trend Again?? Read More »

This last weekend has kept the momentum for the year going. I’ve been getting good reports from around our regions – but on Saturday I found our (my) largest brood/clutch so far this year – 1 day old chick plus …

Thinks Still On the Up Read More »

The last two weekends have been very successful – three more breeding pairs identified, one on 5 eggs and another on 6 eggs. Given the number we have now found on 5+ eggs there certainly seems to be enough food …

Barn Owl Update Read More »

Excellent weekend (28 and 29 April 2008) checking boxes. Three pairs of breeding barn owls found on eggs (2, 3 and 5 eggs respectively). The clutch of 5 eggs was particularly pleasing, indicating a good food supply. Fingers crossed things …

Early Breeding Signs Looking Good Read More »

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