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, 19 September 2012

Little Lier!

In my previous post I lied!!! I said that all the juveniles at my monitored sites had now dispersed, well I was wrong! It wasn't an intentional fib, just a generalisation on what I was finding at the majority of my sites.........sorry!!!!!!

Anyhow, last night I chanced upon a pair of juveniles still hanging around at my site No 92 (not far from the village of Gilmorton). This was my first sighting of any juveniles at this site this year so I had to attempt an image......didn't I? They were perched high in the tree and the light was poor which didn't lend to a "quality" image but bumping up the ISO allowed for a single "keeper" of one of them just before it popped back into the nest/roosting hole, below.

I fully expect that by the time I get back out owling properly at the end of the month (when the Landrover is back on the road)  any juveniles will be hard to locate. So I'll postpone my comment that they have all gone until then!