When I put up the Tawny Box at Yew View, I already knew there were Tawnies in the area, but you can never tell if the wildlife will take to your boxes… and I rarely actually get my ‘target’ species! I have jackdaws, squirrels and stock doves in my tawny boxes!
I was thrilled when, in just a few days, the tawny came in to have a look!
Over the last few weeks, the pair have visited close to the box every night, often landing on the perch outside , mating on the perch and taking a good look inside as well. This last week, I was treated to both the male and female in the box. I initially realised when I watched the footage from the outside of the box. I could see one tawny land, call and then the other appear on the perch nearby. The first went inside, warbling a wonderful call. We think this is the male. I could hear the female calling in response, outside on the perch. The male came in and took a look around. He then left and within a few seconds, the female appeared and also came in.
Watching the footage back, I was able to identify differences between the two. The male is smaller and has a clear line of un-patterned wing feathers.