Tuesday May 15th 2012
I have seen quite a few owlets over the last week. We have a clutch of 3 owlets with the Western Screech Owls in the Owl Garden, as well as a clutch of 4 owlets with the Western Screech Owls in the Breeding Ground. We also have 3 owlets each with the Indian Scops Owls and Dark-breasted Barn Owls in the Breeding Ground. I have also seen a Long-eared Owlet in one of the other nest boxes in the Laybourne aviary in the Main Display. This means that we have at least two separate clutches of Long-eared Owlets in there. The Laybourne has turned into a bit of a Long-eared Owl ‘factory’. It’s possibly down to the large size of the aviary, probably allowing this species to do their courtship display.
We’re about to receive a Tawny Owlet and a European Eagle Owlet. We are not currently breeding either of these species. Both youngsters are to be trained up for the Meet the Birds team. Both ‘Moss’ the European Eagle Owl, and ‘Toby’ the Tawny Owl are going to retire as and when these new birds are up to scratch. I have included a photo of one of our Long-eared Owls with one of her owlets.
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