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, 17 January 2012

Strange antics!

On my previous post I upload an image of a pair of Little Owls that were acting rather strange? Something I'd never witnessed before  and I can only assume it was some kind of pre-breeding behaviour. Anyhow, I did manage to grab a short movie clip of the antics, take a look by clicking the arrow button, and turn up your volume because they make some strange nosies too!

Maybe someone out there can shed some light on what they think they were doing???


  1. Bond reinforcement between the pair?
    ...No idea but remarkable insight into their behaviour well-captured and just reward for all the time and effort you put into watching and recording them. Thanks for sharing it.

  2. I also would go with pair 'bonding'
    the screech owl does something similar too,

    (a vid I had found/ posted about a little while ago)


  3. Verrrrry interesting, Paul. Nicely captured there!