Our little Owl Wood is home to lots of birds, but the most exciting of them all were delivered by the stork, two years ago. Triplets. Three Tawny Owlets.
The handling was done by specially trained 'Ringers' when they came to check out the box. They have all been doing it for years, but they were as delighted as we were to see the young. This is when they were very young.
Then a few weeks later they turned into these beauties, almost ready to fledge. All three survived, although we don't know what happened to them once they left.
Unfortunately the owl box has been inhabited since then by squirrels, then earlier this year it was home to some very noisy jackdaws.
We still hear a pair of Tawny Owls hunting at night, so who knows, perhaps one day we will have another surprise delivery.
The Owl Wood still has three official residents - Billie-the-Beak, Little Red Hen and Sick-Chick. Our hens. They roam free and have a fabulous time just enjoying doing chicken things.
They are rescue hens (ex battery) and spent the first year of their life in horrible conditions - we had to gradually introduce them to the world outside their official compound, first the gardens, then the wood.
This one is Billie-the-Beak - she came with a criss-crossed beak, but she feeds well enough.