argylesock says… If you haven’t already signed the petition about barn owls (Tyto alba) you might want to do so after you read this account of a birdwatching trip. My own love of the natural world grew when I was about the age Sophie is now, and my father took me on Dawn Chorus walks with the local Wildlife Trust. Learning like this can stay with a child for life.
A few posts ago in ‘The Owl and the Woodpecker‘ I mentioned that a pair of robins may have started getting fruity in my garden as early as the begining of January. And then last Friday I saw another robin feeding a fledgling on the grass outside work, so it looks as though the avian breeding cycle may have been able to start early this year. I hope it has, and that it allows other species to recover some of their numbers too.
Also in that post, I talked about our local barn owls, of which we had two breeding pairs in and around the village last year. And one gloriously sunny evening in July myself and my daughter, Sophie, set off across the fields with a portable hide, binoculars and a camera to try to see the owls and take some photographs. I know where the owls…
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