My first trip out this year to see how the Barn Owls are doing and the answer it seems is very well. It looks like a bumper year for voles as they have well stocked larders and some large clutches. 7 eggs is as big as they get and if the parents can rear them all it will equal the project’s biggest brood.

Clutch of 7 Barn Owl eggs

This male (the one on the right) was in a box in a barn near Widmerpool.

Howard Broughton with male Barn Owl

Males have pure white breast feathers; the females have dark spots.