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!!!

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Barn Owl

Went over to the "Barn Owl Nest Cam" site last night, I wanted to witness again the male owl coming out for his supper!

Around 30 minutes before sunset I concealed myself away in an advantageous position so I could see the new "feeding" station. Once I'd been lying in wait for a while and the light had all but gone the landowner, Glyn came out and went through the same routine he has been doing for the last month or so, two dead day owl chicks were put out on the feeding post.

Glyn had only just shut the kitchen door of the farmhouse behind him when whoosh, in came the male owl for his feast.  He'd been waiting for his grub, just as Glyn said he would be!    

I am hoping that by the time there are chicks in the nest the adults owls will come out to feed a little earlier, I will hopefully then be able to get some images without the need of the flash.


  1. What a bird! The Barnies near me have been regularly out in the morning, so I've been told.

    1. Yes Christian, a very handsome guy.
      Go get some images of your local birds mate, or will you still be in bed?

  2. day owl chicks??? Never heard them called that before ! ;-}. Lovely shot Paul - well done!

  3. A play on words Richard!!!! Or am I trying to cover up a typo mistake?