In reply to Seaman:
Wendy S said:Barn Owls are really picking up in our bit of the Yorkshire Dales
That's good news Pete. And glad to hear that the numbers are rising. We have it on reasonable authority that not having Buzzards around is a help for Barn Owls; less competition for main prey species.
Friends of ours live on an (unworked, following a fall which left the gentleman disabled) farm. I was at their place around three weeks ago with BirdLife Switzerland, checking up on a clutch of **five**; the parents took over the barn wall-mounted Kestrel box.
As a bonus (for us, not for the Kestrels), the falcons had (long ago, so long nonviable) deposited one egg directly on the top of the box inside the barn. Perhaps as a protest. But anyway, a very beautiful souvenir.
Fabulous birds Barn Owls (but no idea how they get those feet out of an egg, and these were only around 3 weeks old).
The farm has become quite a mini oasis since they stopped working it. We discussed sightings (with a Hobby and a harrier over us), including last year's visit from Hoopoes.
If you interested in the Swiss--Iraeli project concerning owls: https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/owls/44167816.
All the best -
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