We have ideal Barn Owl habitat (except of course when we accidentally set fire to it!)
But our climate is not ideal because Barn Owls, who like to hunt at night and are quite picky eaters, cannot fly in torrential rain; this is a real problem in Wales! This is the reason we occasionally glimpse one by day; it is not a good sign, it means it is very hungry.
The population is under threat in our area, despite the profusion of nesting sites and voles in our little valley and the hard work of all the volunteers. However, inspection of our Barn Owl box revealed one Barn Owl feather in 2016 so, as the Owl Man said, we are on their radar so we live in hope.
Meanwhile we will only meet at Falconry Displays.
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Good luck with the barn owl habitat, Diana. We can get torrential rain here as well, but do have owls in the area. I have had a Great Horned Owl visitor on the farm in past years. I did not see him this year, but I heard one earlier in the year.