My tawny owl chick decided to vacate his nest-box this morning I found it on the ground in my driveway. It looked rather young to be out and about and what really concerned me was that I was expecting a visit from a delivery van during the day. I know I shouldn't interfere with nature but today in any case I decided that it was better back in its box. I went to pick it up and it lay on its back 'sparring' with me with its talons! I then heard the familiar 'keeewik' call of the mother who was looking down on the action from a branch above me. I know that tawny owls will fiercely defend their young. I remember the tale of the famous bird photographer Eric Hosking losing an eye whilst peering into an owl nest so I was wary of the adult bird and as to what it might do. So I donned a pair of gloves and a hat and got my ladder out and placed the delicate 'ball of fluff' back in the box. No doubt if its intent on leaving home then I wont interfere from now on. Within 15 minutes the expected delivery van reversed into my driveway so maybe my intervention saved the bird from being ran over. Who knows? He is on his own now. At least 'mother' is keeping a watchful eye on it.