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Yew View Tawny Box Cam

Since 2018, a pair of tawny owls, called Strix and Aluco (Strix aluco is the Latin name of the tawny owl) has nested in a purpose built nest box in the garden at Yew View. I have installed a series of cameras, that have improved over the years, to document their story. I currently have three Hikvision cameras at this nest box; 2 inside and one outside.


Every year, apart from last year, they have raised a family here. In 2020, she laid, but abandoned the eggs. We had a lot of flooding at the time and we think this may have affected her ability to hunt.

2021 has been first year we have been able to live stream, thanks to a high speed broadband installation on site. It has been a great season with our tawny owlet, Nyx, fledging successfully

 On Jan 23rd 2022, Aluco spent her 1st day inside the nest box. This is what she tends to do, leading up to breeding. 

She hatched 4 owlets  around the 24-26th March 2022. Three of these survived  and fledged successfully into the garden. 

In our 2023 breeding season, Aluco occupied the box during the day from November and laid her first egg on Jan 29th, the earliest time we have recorded on site. Sadly, the eggs broke and we thought he had not bred. Later in the year, she appeared at the box with two younsters so had bred elsewhere.

Aluco returned to the box in January 2024 and laid her first egg on February 23rd. She laid 5 eggs, but sadly oe was damaged, the shell cracked and was eaten. We had 4 eggs incubated. Three eggs hatched and the pair successfully raised these owlets until they branched.

UPDATE: May 7th - All three owlets successfully branched into the trees and are being fed by the Strix and Aluco. Keep watching out on the external platform as they may well return there some evenings, to be fed. 

Tawny Timeline 2024

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 Dec '23 / Jan '24

Visits to the box increase. Female (Aluco) started spending time inside the box during the day in January

 Feb 2024

Feb 23rd  - Egg 1 laid

Feb 25th - Egg 2 laid

Feb 28th  - Egg 3 Laid

March 1st - Egg 4 laid

March 3rd - Egg 5 laid

March 19th -one egg damaged and eaten by Aluco


March/April 2024


March 29th - Egg 1 hatch


March 30th - Egg 2 hatch


April 2nd - Egg 3 hatch

April 30th - Bayer left the platform

May 2024

May 1st - Bailly left the platform

May 6th- Bliss left the platform

June 2024

Tawny Playlist 2024

Tawny Timeline 2023

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Nov / Dec 2022

Visits to the box increase. Female (Aluco) starts spending time inside the box during the day

Jan / Feb 2023

Jan 29th - Egg 1 laid

Feb 1st - Egg 2 laid

Feb 6th - Egg 3 Laid


Egg 2 was damaged

and it cracked.

20th Feb another egg cracked.

21st both eggs broken, eaten by Aluco

March 2023

Egg 1 due to hatch around 2nd March

Egg 3 due to hatch around 6th March

April/May 2023

July 2023

Stock dove started nesting

Hornets began building a nest

Tawny Timeline 2022

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January 2022

Visits to the box increase. Female (Aluco) starts spending time inside the box during the day

February 2022

Feb 20th - Egg 1 laid

Feb 23rd - Egg 2 laid

Feb 25th - Egg 3 laid

Feb 26th - Egg 4 laid

Feb  29th - Egg 5 laid

March 2022

2 eggs hatched on March 24th

1 egg hatched 26th March

Last egg hatched  30th March. Owlet died and was fed to its siblings!

April - June 2022

3 owlets raised successfully

They left the nest box, but still return to be fed on the platform

July 2022

A new PTZ camera with audio was installed.

A stock dove has taken up residence

Tawny Timeline 2021

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January 2021

Visits to the box increase. Female (Aluco) starts spending time inside the box during the day

20th February 2021

1st egg laid, This is earlier than in previous years.

22nd February 2021

2nd Egg laid. This egg had a dent and later broke

25th February 2021

3rd egg laid. Aluco is now incubating two eggs, due to hatch towards the end of March.

26th March 2021

1st egg hatched!

The 2nd egg was broken and the 3rd did not hatch

May 2021

1 owlet successfully branched

Tawny Owl YouTube Playlist 2021

Behind the Scenes

This current nest box was purpose built for the site. I designed it and my carpenter friend, Dave Harper,  helped to build it. It has a 50cm square base and is a deep box, to ensure the owlets do not leave the box before they are ready to go. The large 'veranda' area is edged with branches for easy grip and this area provides excellent footage as the adults often interact there. When the owlets leave, this platform provides a safe vantage point before they branch out into the surrounding trees.

External camera:  Hikvision HD Bullet

Internal Cam 1: Hikvision Dome

Internal cam 2: Hikvision Mini dome 

Internal sensored lights (on in day and off at night)

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