Whilst our school was closed during lockdown, a pair of Spotted Eagle Owls made a very wise decision to nest in a tree on our quiet school playground at Heritage House Preschool.
It wasn't long after our school re-opened in July, that one of our 'alert mini rangers' Sion, first spotted an owl in the trees. This was exciting news for all of us. Two weeks later to our surprise, out from the trees drop-fluttered a baby owl! This caused a degree of consternation; how was Owlet going to get back to safety? We stood back and watched; to our delight nature took care of itself. He managed to pick his way carefully back by choosing short distance flights, from ground level onto something a little higher and higher, using even the jungle gym as part of his course.
Day by day we have been observing this family which soon proved to be a family of four - both parents plus two chicks. It has been a great educational experience for staff and children alike. Now some five weeks later this little feathered family, whom we have grown rather fond of, have taken to their wings and ventured off into the big wide world. It leaves one thought with us; will they be safe from man and predator? Please think carefully before using harmful rat poisons. Judging by the evidence, rats appeared to be their main source of nutrition.
We have felt truly blessed by the presence of these Spotted Eagle Owls.