We are now half way through the tawny incubation and the male is working hard to feed the female, bringing between 1 -4 prey items every 24hr period. At present, the majority of prey is wood mice, with a few voles and quite a lot of rats this week.
Last weekend we had another covering of snow and, once again, the male tawny was using the Owl Mansion as a daytime roost.
I was also excited to have captured a daytime clip of the owl with prey. I think it may be a pied wagtail. This was at 7.30am.
There are always plenty of rodents on site and the rats have been featuring increasingly in the prey brought in. This time, the male brought in just half of a large rat. I presume he ate some of it himself. Even this half proved to be quite difficult to swallow!
Even in better weather, the male tawny was enjoying the Owl Mansion, taking full advantage of the sunny decking area….