Hi and welcome to my Blog, my name is Paul Riddle and I live in south Leicestershire, UK. Back in August 2007 my quest began to locate as many local Little Owl territories as possible. The driving force was a reported decline in the uk numbers so I thought I would do my bit and conduct a study in my area. After 7 years and countless hours out in the field I have detected over 200 different sites. With a thirst for a greater understanding of the owls a more comprehensive monitoring and nest box programme then commenced. This also now includes monitoring the local and very sparse population of Barn Owls, please pop back occasionally and catch up with the life and times of my owls and any other wildlife that I come across. I hope you enjoy your visit!!!

Thursday, 18 February 2010

2nd in 12!

Whilst working in my home office this morning I noticed out of the window a mouse like bird fluttering in and around the planted xmas tree (no not a miniature little owl!!!) I quickly grabbed the camera and managed a couple of snaps before it disappeared. A Goldcrest was the culprit, Britain’s smallest bird and only the 2nd sighting I've had in 12 years of living here!!
...............A nice start to the day.


  1. Like you, I've only had two sightings in our garden - unlike you, they've only been for a few seconds when my camera wasn't to hand !! Well done!!!!

  2. well done very nice images.seems you had put great efforts in collecting these exclusive pics.
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