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!!!

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Bloody Useless!

I did do a bit of owling today but didn't venture out until mid-morning, the hangover wouldn't let me as I was far too groggy, and giddy! And to be fair I wish I'd of had a few more pints last night as that would have probably made me stay in altogether, the day was poor.
I visited countless different owl sites and at everyone of them I drew a blank, except the one site! The resident Little Owls at my site No 10 at Cosby were the lifesavers. They weren't doing much though apart from sheltering out of the biting wind, they posed for a couple of images but these are all I have to show from the day.
This first image is of the hen bird, she kept her distance. 
The male owl allowed me to get quite close from the cover of my car, he just sat there at the nest entrance and stared back at me! 

Whilst at this venue I also checked out the Barn Owl nest box that I put up a few weeks ago, no bird was seen but there were plenty of pellets and poo under the box so things look promising?

That is it, a very quick review of the day, I hope tomorrow brings me a bit more luck?


  1. I wouldn't say it was that useless Paul! A nice pair of images here. Just think what you might have achieved if it wasn't for your masochistic tendencies on a Friday night!!

  2. You are not the only one to remind me of that fact mate, but it has to be done!

  3. Not as useless at my poor attempt at bird watching last weekend. Some lovely photographs.

    1. The more effort you put in the more the rewards will be, keep at it as it will happen Russell.