2022 Season: Bonnie & Ozzy’s tawny owlets are prepared for the world. Earlier than they fly they want their ID tags.
Tawny Owl Chicks
At nearly a month outdated, tawny owls Bonnie & Ozzy’s 4 chicks have been prepared to go away the nest, which suggests its time for them to get their ID rings.
These ID tags are light-weight metallic rings, sized to suit a fowl for all times. Every has a person quantity on it which pertains to that fowl’s data and signifies that if the fowl is discovered injured or lifeless sooner or later it’s potential to hint its quantity to seek out out precisely the place it’s from.
Why ID Birds?
The flexibility to trace these birds helps us perceive inhabitants numbers and actions and is essential within the conservation of owls.
Licensed Fowl Ringer
Jean Thorpe runs a neighborhood wildlife rescue centre and is a educated and licensed fowl ringer for the British Belief for Ornithology (BTO). She may be very skilled and ensures the method doesn’t hurt the chicks in any respect.
The rings come on a string or a plastic tube with the numbers going up the band. They’re G sized rings which additionally match mallards, barn owls, and even buzzards.
The rings are utilized with specifically designed pliers which place the strain solely on the metallic and never on the birds leg. It’s essential that the metallic matches snugly and there are not any gaps which might act as snags sooner or later.
As a part of the method every chick can also be weighed and the info despatched off to a nationwide database. The smaller two of Bonnie & Ozzy’s chicks weighed 370g every and the bigger two have been a wholesome 420g every. #
The latter weights are literally heavier than some full-grown barn owls and nice to see as a result of after they have been youthful I had to supply further meals for these owl chicks since 4 is kind of a big brood for a tawny owl pair.
Noting Owlets Elbows
Serving to Jean with the ringing offers me a uncommon probability to examine the tawny owlets shut up. It’s fascinating to see the naked patch of pores and skin at their ‘elbows’ the place as chicks they’ve rested on their haunches earlier than studying to face. It takes some time for these areas to feather up as soon as they’ve fledged.
Again to the Nest
The entire course of takes place swiftly to make sure that the owlets will not be away from their nest for lengthy. As quickly as they’ve every been tagged I return all 4 chicks to the nest secure and sound. They appear unfazed and one in every of them even has an enormous stretch, exhibiting off its shiny new ring and by the point mum Bonnie returns all is calm. #tawnyowl #owl #robertefuller #bonnieandozzy #wildlives #discoverwildlife