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, 7 May 2016


Not much doing at the mo, too busy celebrating Leicester City winning the premier league. It has been one long party and booze up since last Monday when it was official that we were champions of England, unbelievable!! 

I did have one evening out in between all the chaos, I went in search of some newly arrived summer migrants and photo opportunities. Along the Hamilton to Goadby field road in the east of the county I located up to a dozen Wheatear, nice to see but too far for any images. Also there were two Yellow Wagtails, a single female Whinchat and a fly over Hobby, again all too far away to capture any decent images. 

However, during my "migrant search" I did chance upon this stunning male Cuckoo. Initially it gave its presence away by its distinctive call, it didn't come as close I'd I have liked and the below image is quite a heavy crop, but I am happy!

The only other "usable" image I managed was not of a migrant bird but a resident that I just don't see that often anymore? A superbly conditioned male Grey Partridge, he gave me a great showing calling and wing flapping along the side of the car.

Sorry but this is a very short post, not because I don't have much to talk about but more to do with I'm leaving in an hour to go to the King Power Stadium to watch the mighty City play Everton in our last home game of the season. Regardless off the outcome, after the game we are going to be presented with the Premier trophy, (I'm sure you have heard about it on the news, ha ha) let the party begin!!!!!!


  1. Hi Paul, super images of the Cuckoo and Grey Partridge, such a shame we see so many Red Legged and so few of the Grey. Regards John Hope all goes well with the ""Celebrations""

    1. The celebrations are now over and as good as they were its now back to the norm John.

  2. Grey Partridge and a really decent shot of Cuckoo, I'd be happy with that both equally scarce these days

    1. I was happy with both Doug, although the Cuckoo was a long way off!

  3. Excellent images .. Happy Sunday ..

  4. Really nice images mate,..............who's you're mate above???????

  5. Hi Paul. My wife of 40-odd years is still with me. Can you recommend a good doctor?

    Sorry - couldn't resist that!

    I'd possibly be more excited by the sighting of a Grey Partridge than a Cuckoo. Used to regularly see Greys on my local patch but not seen one for around three years now! Superb photos, both!

    Best wishes - - - - Richard

    1. Flipping idiots, they had put the same comment on many of my posts Richard, although I did chuckle at your comment! I think I agree, seeing a close up Grey Partridge is very rewarding, especially when he is displaying and calling, sadly a rare sight nowadays.

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