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!!!

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

The tally increases!

A very long work day today, an early start, 4 customer calls later and 258 miles under my belt I found myself re-entering Leicestershire at around 4.00pm. The light levels were poor but armed with camera in the car I was hoping to see the owl at site No 34 near to Gilmorton, a bird I haven't seen so far this year!

Half a mile before site No 34 I spotted a Little Owl sitting at its nest hole, after breaking hard, reversing and messing about getting the camera and settings ready I only had the time for one image (below) before it disappeared into the tree, but hey who cares about the image quality it was another brand new site (No 132).

Site No 132, a poor quality image but a record shot never the less!

Absolutely overjoyed about locating the new site I continued for the further half mile along the road not really bothered whether the owl at site No 34 showed or not!!! I pulled up near to the tree where I saw it last (Nov 2009) opened the car window and waited........

The light had almost gone, if it was going to show this was the perfect time for it to emerge........if it was still here? And it was, and with its mate! The light levels were so poor I had to use flash to attain an image but they didn't seem bothered!

My first viewing and image of the pair at site No 34. 

What a superb 20 minutes, confirmation of a pair at a site where I haven't even seen a single owl so far this year and a new site! This keeps up my streak of finding at least one new Little Owl site every month since August 2008, long may it continue!

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