The World War Two Light Anti-aircraft Crew Hut at Windmill Farm had to be repaired several years ago to make it safe. Whilst carrying out the repairs it was modified to hopefully provide a suitable roosting site for barn owls and bats.
Barn Owl chicks being ringed at Windmill Farm - Richard Moore
Occasionally the West Cornwall reserves team stick their head through a broken window to see if any of the desired species have taken up residence, over the past year we have had the pleasure of seeing adult barn owls roosting.
Then in July, our Reserves officer, Richard thought he spotted an almost fully grown owl but with a few downy feathers. The West Cornwall Ringing group were contacted and a few days later four chicks were discovered and ringed. Two females, one male and one too small to confirm either way. The chicks were close to fledging, one of which had the palest plumage the ringers had ever seen which should make it a very attractive and distinctive adult.
Published: Nov 2016
Author: Nick Marriott (West Cornwall Reserves Manager)