Just Awful!!!

Site 1

This marks the second year here with un-successful nesting. Last year they did fledge one young, that was found dead road side a few days later. This year well it got worse, for a warning the last image is a bit gruesome. All seemed to be going similar, and I was expecting to start seeing owlets popping up in the entrance of the box soon. BUT today I located both the male and the female in ‘The’ crab apple with out any owlets…This couldn’t be good. usually I can follow the family to the the crab apple and it takes them a few days to get through the yews, to the crab apple…I thought she might have had infertile eggs, as she had 4 of them last year. So after work I opened the box and found at least 2 dead owlets, with advanced feathers…it was gross, I don’t know how long, it seemed not real recent but because of development of the owlets it had to be fairly recent. Just a big old failure. Didn’t look like predation. Parisites? Starvation? Who knows. Such is working with with life. Anyway here are some photos the last is the material after I cleaned out the box and brought the stuff to the ground

male from a couple days ago when it seemed all was well
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male from today
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female from today
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what are you both here for something must be wrong.
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oh boy, wrong is right! cleaned out the box, WARNING graphic.

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But I DO have some more hopeful news from Site 8, update soon!

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