|Des Res in the Owl Wood|
I am woefully ignorant about Jackdaws so I came in and dug out some old bird books to do a little research - books make a nice change from the internet. Smaller than rooks these birds are social and gregarious. They eat mainly molluscs, insects, and worms and they are particularly fond of sheep ticks and will sit on the back of sheep and pick them out. They are also quite keen on eating the young of other birds.
They often make their nests in cliff faces, woods, or ruins usually making use of holes or cracks in trees or masonry, although they will sometimes build open nests in a wood. They normally build a stack of sticks and then line the cup with wool, fur, horse hair or grass. All of which is readily available around here.
The average clutch is four to six eggs. According to the books eggs are normally laid towards the end of April, so these are a little early - probably due to that exceptionally warm weather a week or two ago.
Three years ago we had three of these delightful creatures hatched and grown in the box - which was so special and exciting. Perhaps one day we'll have the privilege of seeing some more.
|An Owl Wood Tawny|
|Another Owl Wood Tawny|
Don't they look woolly and cuddly - watch out for their claws though!
In the evenings and during the night I often hear the call of both a female and a male Tawny Owl, so I had real hopes of a romance and some owlets. Ah, well. I'll keep you posted.
I found my first bluebell of the year today - isn't that a wonderful blue!