Barn Owl Supper for Four!
During the massive lightning storm at Joffreny last night, the Barn Owls were having a quiet supper for 4. Sometime in the last day or so a third chick has hatched.
It is amazing to see how one of the chicks is clearly under mother’s tail when she moves to get a vole (note also there are at least a dozen voles piled up in the corners!). Somehow the third chick manages to work its way under mother, and pop out between mum’s legs. Mum eats the head of the vole first, then feeds tidbits to each chick in turn. Notice how she is also stimulating them by tapping morsels on the chick’s beaks. The older chick seems to be feeding itself as well, picking up pieces from the floor