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!!!

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Bin Blitzed!!!

I thought I would share this image taken yesterday that I shot out of my bedroom window, yes very poor quality but a significant sighting in my front garden tree. No its not of an owl but........Waxwings, and 14 of them!!! I;m not sure how long they had been there but this was the only image I managed before they departed.

The UK is currently under invasion from these continental visitors as they move around in flocks seeking berry laden trees, I too have now had my berry tree blitzed!

I'm not expecting another visit as nearly all the berries have been stripped, but just in case the camera is all ready and the settings this time are correct!!


  1. Hi Paul. I noticed that there'd been Waxies on your street yesterday, and guessed it was you that had spotted them. You got the 'garden tick' but I only got the 'street tick' and all the berries have gone from our garden now - I'm somewhat envious!!!

  2. I wish I had Waxwings in my garden mate :)

  3. Great to get 'em in your garden Paul. Happened to me 14 years ago! Still a top moment...