Welcome to the Lorton Meadows' barn owl webcam
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Latest updates on the barn owl nest box
1 July 2022: Our young owls have well and truly grown into their flight feathers now and are looking like proper sub adults barn owls. A small group of DWT staff were lucky enough to see the first flights from the nest box earlier this week by three of them, and we would expect the fourth youngster to be taking flight this week as well. With their newfound independence comes a cost though as the parent birds will probably no longer feed them. Instinct will now kick in as they move on to adulthood and the next phase of their lives. They are still coming back to the nest box by day, and this may go on for a couple more weeks as they learn to hunt and gain the wing strength and confidence to explore their new world. Although they are spending daytime mainly off camera (in the tunnel between the box and the big wide world) it may still be possible to turn the volume on and hear them hissing to each other. Before they all go, it's worth mentioning how much of an achievement it was for the parents to get all four of them to the fledging stage. There was some speculation about the male bird earlier in the season, but its unlikely that a single adult would have managed to get all four owlets to this stage without losing at least one. Thank you all for watching the barn owl webcam this year and we hope you've enjoyed it!
23 June 2022: Regular viewers will have seen and heard outbreaks of loud hissing and squabbling amongst the owlets. It's perfectly normal owl behaviour and they are expressing their attempts to dominate one another and to attract the feeding adults' attention. It may well also be irritation at being hit more and more by the others' wings as they bounce around the box - they really are quite big for the space now and will be getting ready to leave the box fairly soon. You may notice that there is a piece of black plastic tape and possibly a cable tie on the floor of the box - it's a critical stage for the owlets so we would not investigate further as they don't seem to be too bothered by it but of course, we will be monitoring it.
10 June 2022: All four owlets are doing well and have been seen wing exercising to tone up their muscles, the precursor to young birds taking flight. Their sub adult feathers are becoming more obvious now although two of the chicks are still quite downy. The owlets have not yet left the box even though you may not be seeing them. The box is bigger than the area covered by the camera and they are climbing into the tunnel to take advantage of the cooling draught.