We are enjoying another exciting breeding season on our nesting
cams! This spring, we have welcomed back our Tawny Owls, Little
Owls, Peregrine Falcons, Storks, plus we’ve had some unexpected
appearances from a Jackdaw and Goshawk couple.
We’ve had so much activity on the webcams over the last couple
of months that itâ€™s been difficult to keep up,
but you can hear about our highlights below, as well as what you
can expect in the coming weeks.
If you would like to help the birds in your garden, one of the best
ways to do so, particularly at this time of year is with live
foods. They are often the most calorific, providing energy as well
as providing a high level of protein. You can find our selection of
live foods here.
|The female laid her eggs quite close to each other, the first chick|
hatched on the 18/04 at around 12:30pm and the second hatched on
the 20/04 just before 5pm. As the eldest chick was 2 days older we
would see it stealing food from it’s younger sibling. After only a
few days the eldest was able to consume small birds and mice whole.
The younger has since been able to sneak food past
itâ€™s elder sibling so it definitely
isnâ€™t going without. Theyâ€™re
both being very well fed, the parents are excellent hunters. Now
the chicks are slightly older the mother can leave the nest for
much longer periods of time to help dad catch prey, so the chicks
have twice as much chance of surviving until they leave the
|Watch the Tawny Owl webcam|
|Little Owl (Nest Box 1)|
|The female had laid 2 eggs with no problems but a couple weeks|
after she ended up eating one of them, we presume this was because
she knew the egg would not hatch. She continued to incubate the one
remaining egg, however as time went on we realised that it was
likely that there was also something not right with this egg. On
May day, a week after it was due to hatch, the female got up to
leave the nest but the egg stuck to her feathers as it had cracked
and a sticky substance had leaked out. She left the nest with the
egg stuck to her and flew off. Little Owls usually only lay once a
year, so we don’t expect to see anymore eggs in this nest, however
we will continue to monitor.
|Watch the Little Owl webcam|
The end of March saw a battle in the nest box between two
females fighting over territory. The winner of the battle went on
to lay an egg soon after but continued to be under pressure to
defend the nest from other peregrines. The female then laid a
second egg on the 16/04 but due to being under so much stress her
body rejected the egg. Unfortunately, the one and only egg in this
nest is highly unlikely to hatch.
We now have a second peregrine cam. This nest has 4 chicks and
was available to view from the 25.04. All chicks in this nest are
doing well, and the parents regularly come back and fourth to the
nest with food.
|Watch the Peregrine webcam|
|Originally this was the Barn Owl nest box but was taken over by a|
couple of Jackdaws. They soon started to make the nest their own by
bringing in nesting material and shortly after five eggs were laid.
Since laying the eggs they seemed to be doing really well with
hunting, catching a lot of prey and the female was constantly
incubating the eggs. When the eggs starting hatching however it
soon became clear that these were both young and inexperienced
parents. Unfortunately due to not having enough food, three of the
five chicks died. The two remaining chicks seem to be doing very
well and are being well looked after.
|Watch the Jackdaw webcam|
|Because the Storks nest is exposed to the elements with no|
protection for the eggs apart from the parents; during the hotter
days the female acted as a parasol. The nest was constantly being
refilled with nesting material, and it was unclear if the Storks
actually had 4 or 5 eggs. When they eventually started to hatch at
the beginning of May it was confirmed that 4 eggs had been laid.
For a moment though we thought one egg wouldnâ€™t
hatch as it was taking a long time but eventually it did, one week
after the first egg hatched.
|Watch the Stork webcam|
|Eagle and Goshawk|
|Originally this nest belonged to the White Tailed Eagle, however|
the Goshawk couple took a fancy to the nest, and in the end they
managed to claim it, but not without having a few stand off’s with
the Eagles. Once the Goshawks had properly settled into the nest
the female started egg laying and eventually laid 4 eggs. The Eagle
hasnâ€™t been back since and female has had a
relatively quiet time with her eggs. The female has been constantly
incubating them around the clock and tidying up the nest. We had
our first glimpse of a chick on Friday 11th May, the other eggs are
expected to hatch over the next few days, so we recommend keeping a
close eye on this nest!
|Watch the Eagle & Goshawk webcam|