Throughout the year, a network of remote wildlife webcams gather intimate footage from around The Lost Gardens of Heligan and transmit it to our visitors in The Hide. This ‘wildlife cam’ is designed to share with you the most exciting seasonal wildlife that we are currently observing.
Live Barn Owl Webcam
Nesting in a barn on the edge of the Heligan estate are two beautiful Barn Owls.
Our first Barn Owl Egg of the year was laid at 12:02 on 4th May. The second was laid at 23:14 on 6th May and a third on 9th May at 20:28.
Typically 4-6 eggs are laid so there may yet be more to come. Barn Owls begin incubation as soon as the first egg is laid and after 31-32 days’ incubation, the eggs hatch every 2-3 days, usually in the order they were laid.
With our first egg being laid on 4th May we would anticipate seeing the first egg hatch at the beginning of June.
We are pleased to announce that our first Barn Owl egg hatched early on 5th June.
Our second egg hatched on 11th June but sadly the third has not hatched.
15th July – David Ramsden from the Barn Owl Trust joined us to weigh, sex and ring this year’s owlets. We have a male and female. Our female weights 468g and the male weighs 440g; both are in good health. Whilst in the box we gave the camera a bit of a clean and hope to be able to provide our viewers with a clearer live stream.
Our Barn Owls are now fledging the nest and have been seen leaving the box for around an hour each time. One of them brought a meal back in with them which is shown in the clip on the link below (we expect that this was brought by the adult).
Wing flapping exercises have now begun in earnest sending tiny bits of white fluff in all directions! By 8-9 weeks, owlets will have made their first short flights and by 10 weeks of age most young Barn Owls look like adults and are quite competent flyers. The average number of young that fledge is only 2.5 but where or when food is plentiful, broods of 6 or even 7 have been recorded. During the process of fledging the young repeatedly return to the nest and can still be found roosting together in the nest by day.
Weeks 10 -11th
At this stage they have ventured out of the nest only returning once or twice a day for short periods at a time.They will now be trying to roost outside of the nest in nearby trees and Play hunting would have begun.
They learn to hunt using natural instincts with little or no training. In week 12 they venture further afield and by the 13th week they would have found their own home ground. This is called juvenile dispersal.