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, 20 September 2011

A beautiful noise!

The weather was crappy today, so I didn't get out and consequently there is nothing to post about today's adventures......boooooooo! But worry not, I would like to share a couple of quick movie clips I captured recently of Little Owls calling.

From my experience the Little Owl has quite a repertoire of different calls, I regular hear around 10 different variants. I bet most of you have heard the calls on this clips (or something very similar) at sometime or another and you were possibly wondering what it may have been? Well now you know!

Don't forget to turn up your volume and then press play to view (the triangle button).

Did you recognise either them?????????


  1. I hear the top call alot from a pair in the adjacent fields to one of my ringing sites. We did try tape luring them across the field one evening but they played chicken and only came halfway across. The second call sounds thrush like to me, like a Blackbird alarm.

  2. Hi Dave, yes the first call (clip 1)is possibly the most common I hear, but the call in the second clip is a very strange one to me and I have only heard it a couple of times!