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!!!

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Barn Owls are back!

Some of you out there may recall last year (2012) we had an enormous amount of success at one particular Barn Owl site, mainly down to the dedication of Glyn, "the guardian of the owls!" Prior to the breeding season we (Glyn, Daz & I) took a gamble and mounted a couple of cameras in the barn & nest box,  and lucky for us the birds opted to use the box. We were then able to monitor them quite closely via the cameras, the Internet and from the luxury of our homes. The breeding owls had two separate broods and in total successfully raised 7 juveniles. I now suspect that a lot of the local sighting of Barn Owls that I have made so far this year are quite probably the youngsters from this site?
So that now brings us to this year,  had both of the owls survived the harsh winter and if so would they use the box again? Well after monitoring the cameras over the last few days things look very promising indeed. On Feb 28th a single owl was recorded in the barn, which is good news in itself but even better than that it was having a good look around inside the box!

Bird in the box!

We can see you!

Then on Friday night another look via the motion detection recordings and whoopee, a pair!

Finally a pair.
I know that another local farmer has recently erected a nesting box in one of his out-buildings, which is obviously good news. But, I do hope that they just use that as a roosting site and choose our box to breed in again. I know they will be making up their minds very soon as last year their first egg was laid on March 21st!


  1. Hi Paul,

    My fingers are crossed for you. Hopefully they'll do the right thing.


  2. Brilliant work,hope luck is on your side.

  3. Fingers (and toes) crossed they have a good year, like the screen grab of the barnie checking out the camera in the nest box