The owl box is under siege.
Tawny Owls should have possession, but they haven't been back for a few years now.
So Jackdaws have been living there, big noisy birds. The box was vacant and they liked the look of it, so in they moved. Trouble is, they like going away on holiday several times a year. They don't ask me to keep an eye on the place, or send me a postcard, they simply disappear and I suddenly notice that the woodland has become much less active and a whole lot quieter.
They were away for several weeks over Christmas and New Year. The smaller birds have enjoyed feeding in peace and I suppose Mr Squirrel must have noticed that things have quietened down, too because when I was walking around the other day I saw him disappear into the box, then he nipped out and returned again and again. Not sure if he is simply using it as a store room for food or whether he has decided to call the place home.
I had to smile to myself when I spotted two Jackdaws quietly perching on a high branch, just watching. I know they are smart birds, I wonder what they are planning to do about the situation.
I wish them all well. May the best man win and all that, but I would much rather have some owls living there.
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