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, 8 May 2011

Sheltered Away.

A quick trip out this evening around the local lanes didn't produce too much in terms of owl sightings, the trouble being it was very windy and in these conditions they tend to be sheltered away and difficult to locate. I did however manage to stumble across a single Little Owl at my site No 167 near to Bruntingthorpe, luckily the sheltered side of the tree was right next to the road which fortunately offered some super views in the late evening sun.

I think these are my best images so far from this site, the light was just perfect so I had no excuses tonight! Just look at those talons, you wouldn't fancy being caught up in those.......glad I'm not a mouse!!!

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