It has been an exciting week! I have regularly been logging remotely onto the tawny box at Yew View and was delighted to see that our female had laid another egg, taking us up to four, for the first time! Tawnies usually lay 2-3 eggs and I feel that this 4th egg is an indication of both her health and the health of the local environment. The eggs were laid over a week:
Egg 1- 23rd Feb
Egg 2- 25th feb
Egg 3 – 28th Feb
Egg 4 – 3rd March
She did not start incubating in earnest until just before the 3rd egg was laid, which means about a 4 day difference hatch times. This will impact massively on the final owlet to hatch, as it will be much smaller than its siblings, making survival difficult. It will be totally incredible if this pair manage to raise 4 owlets and it is certainly possible, but unlikely, I fear. Only time will tell!
The eggs will be due to hatch somewhere around March 26th.
I had SO much lovely footage this week, it was hard to decide what to save. I have chosen some highlights. The male has brought back in a few ice this week, along with other prey items to feed the female whilst she incubates…