Recently we told you that, Herce and Liebana, the couple that would strengthen the wild populations of Barn Owl (Tyto alba) through the fixation procedure, had adapted perfectly to their new home in La Alcarria of Madrid and, in just one month They had laid eggs .

Today we can tell you that the process is going well and two of the five eggs have already hatched. The first was born last Saturday and throughout this week or the first of the next, the rest will be born. These chickens will grow naturally with their parents and, when the time comes to leave the nest and scatter, they will join to the wild populations of this specie.

The Alcarria is a territory of the historical distribution of the Barn Owl but, due to the agricultural intensification, its populations have diminished vertiginously in the last ten years, as well as other species dependent on agrarian areas, like the little owl (Athene noctua) , the Montagu harrier (Circus pygargus) or the little bustard (Tetrax tetrax).

Our project “Conservation of nocturnal raptors linked to agrarian areas”, known as “Alba Project”, which we are executing with the collaboration of the Ministry of Environment, Local Administration and Territorial Planning of the Community of Madrid, seeks to make compatible the agrarian uses of dry land with the birds that depend on these habitats.