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!!!

Sunday, 9 May 2010

7th Heaven!

Nothing much doing yesterday due to the poor weather conditions, I did however make the effort to go and check out the site with the incredible SEVEN eggs! I was secretly hoping that she hadn't finished laying and maybe an eighth or even ninth egg! After checking the site out the hen bird was found sitting tight and what a disappointment, she still only has 7 eggs...........some people are never satisfied!

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that all the eggs are fertile and go on to hatch, there's going to be a need for a plentiful food supply as the parent owls are going to be very very busy keeping them all fed. If all goes well there is going to be some fantastic sights when they start to emerge from the nest hole, the  photo opportunities to come will be fantastic........I'll be in seventh heaven!

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