Continuing the owl theme from last time I'm pleased to tell you that I did see the owl again that evening. I kept a look out for it all day and spotted it around 9pm. Then I yanked poor old Rohan out of bed and in our pyjamas and wellies we legged over the lane and watched it until it got dark. Saw it again on our tree on Wednesday night and then last night it was nowhere and not even any hooting.
For the last couple of months I've heard hooting and a low level screeching noise all through the night which I now realise was the owl baby/babies. Having not heard any noise for the last couple of nights I realised that the nest must be empty and this baby was probably the last of the brood. So being a compete scaredy cat (of heights) I got Tom to go and investigate. He got the ladder out and went up the tree and yes the nest was empty. Infact, you wouldn't even have known that there had been a nest there:
This is a dip/hollow in a yew tree incase you're wondering. Well, I wasn't going to stop there so when the boys came back from school I got them to go into the dip and see if they could find any evidence. They chucked down about half a dozen pellets (which we pulled apart before I thought of taking pics):
This is what we found inside - the remains of the owls dinner:
Here are some close ups - bones and teeth and a spinal chord:
I'm not sure if it was a mouse because the hair seems so long. Exciting stuff hey?
So we're all sad that the owl has gone and we're keeping a lookout for the baby/babies and you can be sure I'll tell you when I see them again.
But what's this I just went out into the garden and look:
I ran in to get my camera and they stayed long enough for me to take some pics:
is that vintage William Morris fabric and linen I spy?
I've managed to catch them all and now they're on my shelf indoors.