The weekend was a complete washout, high winds and driving rain kept me firmly indoors. This gave me a great opportunity to catch up with the Barn Owls where we have a nest box cam.
I sat and watched the goings on from the comfort of my warm and dry office, although there wasn't much to see really as the hen owl just sat there not moving. So during this period of total inactivity I went back through some of the recording from earlier that day. All the recordings were the same, the hen owl just sitting there static! Then I started viewing a recording from 4.48am and to my surprise the hen owl wasn't to be seen, but look what was then in view.....3 chicks! The screen shot below shows what appears to be a clump of white fluff in the middle, but be assured there is at least 3 chicks there and a yet to hatch egg.
I now understand why she hasn't been moving, she was keeping her little brood warm. Although the weather conditions certainly don't favour the Barn Owls in their hunting at the moment they seem to be doing OK.