On reflection it was a pretty quiet weekend on the owling front, it was very spring like and the Mrs decided there was a pile of jobs that wanted doing in the garden, doooh! However, I did managed to sneak out for a couple of short trips on both Saturday and Sunday with the task in hand to check out more boxes.
On Saturday I visited Barn Owl nest box that I erected in an old building three years ago near to Lutterworth. On my last visit in late December 2012 I did find a couple of Barn Owl pellets below the box, these were cleared away so I could then monitor any activity on my next visit. And yes they are still visiting and presumably using the box because I found one hundred and thirty four pellets on the floor!!! I collected up the pellets into a bucket because I have a couple of schools who use them for teaching purposes.
|Barn Owl pellets, all 134 of them!|
In between doing my chores in and around the garden I found time to repair a Little Owl box. This box had been erected in a huge Oak Tree over near Lubbesthorpe. Towards the end of last year during a horrendous thunder storm the tree got hit by lightning and crashed to the ground. It had been smashed to smithereens but amazingly the box survived with only a few scratches on the front panel!
I tightened up all the screws and got it back to something near its original shape. It also had a fresh coat of paint and a nice new felt roof. It will be back up a tree very soon!
I'd be lying if I said I went all weekend without seeing an owl, of course I did, I saw plenty. But because I was suppose to be doing other things (like gardening) I didn't have time to wait for them to come close enough for an image.
Late on Saturday afternoon/early evening I was sent out to run an errand, as you never know what you may see whilst out I took my camera with me.....just in case?? I worked it out that I had just enough time to pop into a site where recently we'd erected a couple of boxes. As I pulled into the farm yard there sat on the roof where a pair of Little Owls! This was an opportunity too good to miss, I knew I should have been somewhere else but I was prepared for the backlash of getting back late.
Up went the camo blind at the window and the camera was soon at the ready, the birds were very obliging considering my lack of available time. It was a shame the light was so bad but never the less I did manage to get my best ever images from this site.
I did get back late but whilst out the traffic was appalling, or at least that is my story and I am sticking to it.....but don't tell the Mrs!