OWLETS - JANUARY 2015 - Pictures by Gary Skirrow


Three babies hatched and have been very busy developing their hunting skills since moving into the park from their 'nest' (which was a hollow in a tree in the Klingenberg garden), at the end of November 2014. This year the owls had their rings put on by Sally Hofmeyr who, apart from ringing them with the numbered rings also gave them each a coloured ring (For more information on why the birds are ringed, click here).




The smallest who weighed 520g has a yellow ring. The one who weighed 560g has a green ring and the heaviest one who weighed 600g has a red ring. Park walkers have enjoyed being able to identify the owlets by their rings. The breeding pair of owls have been breeding in our park for many years but the 2014 offspring are the most active bunch we have ever had the pleasure of watching. Whilst we know that they swoop down onto the ground at dusk, this bunch are doing so in broad daylight without a worry in the world about the dogs!! We hope to have them with us until about March/April 2015.



Severe winds took their toll on one of Keurboom Park's trees over the weekend of the 21st of July and it looks like the local kids are keen on it staying just the way it is rather than being removed!



The Keurboom Park owls had four owlets in Spring 2011. They had their brood in the same box in a tree in the Klingenbergs garden ( opposite and along the canal) as they have done for the past few years. This is very unusual, only three percent of nests have more than three eggs. Another extraordinary development was that one of the previous years offspring returned to the Klingenberg garden and then proceeded to help the adults raise their four young ones. Owls are monogamous to it was very strange to see three adults raising the young. The owlets are almost ready to leave the park and should all be gone by April 2012. The ‘helper owl’ has moved on as it has not been sighted for about 2 months now.




Click here for the latest list of trees found at Keurboom Park.