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2016 August newsletter and Barn Owl update
We have been delighted to view our Barn Owl 'mum' produce more eggs this year than ever before and successfully hatch six of them. The first baby appeared six weeks ago this coming Monday and then a steady succession made it into the world with the last arriving about three weeks ago. The earliest arrivals are about twice the size of the youngest and we were very worried to begin with that the baby one might not survive. However, there seems to plenty of food for all of the brood and mum is kept very busy feeding her growing family. Our estimate is that they will probably stay in the nest under the watchful eye of the camera for at least another four weeks, probably longer for the youngest. Before they are too large, we will ask the members of the East Riding Barn Owl Society to climb up and ring the youngsters, as this helps monitor the local Barn Owl population, which we understand is growing steadily every year in this area.
They are delightful to watch - a recent visitor described the owl -cam as totally mesmerising and I couldn't agree more. Each of the 3 TV's in every cottage can tune into 'Owl Watch' and we have one in our laundry room at High Barn, so we are all avid fans.
Despite some difficult cold, wet weather during the critical period at Whitsun, the bird-life on the farm and around High Barn has prospered, with a family of kestrels raising three chicks, also at High Barn, and numerous families of swallows occupying the nooks and crannies in the rafters of the outbuildings and barns. Most of the swallows have fledged, so now they give us tremendous pleasure, swooping and chasing each other in the skies above Field House. Soon they will gather on the rooftops of the barns and begin their 'chatter' before they depart to warmer climes. It's always sad to see them go.
High Barn continues to delight our visitors. Our most commonly received remark from visitors is that they must be brand new as they are in such pristine condition. However, this will be their fifth full year of trading and it is a pleasure to note how the grounds have matured with the pond and borders now looking as they have been in place forever. The 12 apple trees that we planted in the wildflower meadow last year have all survived, although the deer have done their best to chew all the leaves from one tree in particular, which seems to have appealed to their taste buds.
We look forward to welcoming Autumn and Winter visitors. The Bridlington Spa has a great line up of shows for the next few months. Sewerby Park's gardens are splendid and Bridlington's newly opened East Riding Leisure Centre is a fantastic addition, with a host of activities including a wonderful climbing wall.