Peter Ward, Terry Carr, Roger Meyer and I installed a Delta Nats Barn Owl Nesting Box in the North Forty Park on Tuesday, October 8. Peter and Ken Hall had originally constructed the box for Delta Nats to install in Boundary Bay Regional Park (BBRP), but it did not meet Metro Vancouver’s standards for Barn Owl boxes. Peter has made and installed many of these boxes in other areas and they have proven to be successful. So I consulted with Delta Corporation staff about putting it in the North Forty Park (NFP). Barn Owls have been seen there, and recently a dead one was found.
Photos by Terry Carr
Terry and I purchased the 4X4 post (12’ which we cut to 10’) and Peter brought all the other accessories (screws, post support, etc.). We four assembled the unit in the NFP parking lot and then carried it to the site that Peter and I had selected a few weeks ago and which Delta Corp was comfortable with. It was a beautiful sunny morning and we had no trouble sledge-hammering the post support into the ground. It is off the path in a field where hopefully neither dogs nor people will bother it. We got it up and it looks super, and is stable. A pair of Barn Owls will be pleased to make it a home to have their kids.
Interestingly, a pair of Bald Eagles was flirting in their nest close by and a hunting Red-tailed Hawk flew by a couple of times. Hope these neighbours don’t adversely affect our unit’s future tenants. Terry and Roger took lots of photos of our installation which you can see on our Picasa site at: https://picasaweb.google.com/DNCBirding. Of course, Delta Nats will monitor the box over time and report on activity.
Tom Bearss, President, Delta Naturalists’ Society
YouTube videos by Roger Meyer