What am I looking at?
The barn owl cam is focused on a nest box carefully placed at Arne where it is free from draughts, a good size, undisturbed and there is suitable habitat.
Barn owls make use of rough grasslands, hay meadows, field margins of hedgerows and farm buildings, and prominent trees like the older, mature trees at Arne, for nesting and hunting opportunities.
Barn Owls will breed from April to August, and a second brood may be reared when food sources are high.
A breeding pair will use the same nest site year after year if undisturbed although this nest box has been in use for many years so unlikely we see the same pair. The female lays four to seven white eggs in an unlined hole of a tree or barn.
Following the Barn owl family ups and downs is not easy, rainy nights where hunting is sparse, bigger siblings competing over food, and sometimes the chicks don't make it.
As the chicks get bigger the adults will roost away from the nest, they haven't abandoned them!
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