Little Owl and Garden Birds

February 07, 2016  •  1 Comment

Revisited a place near Brandon where in the past I have had good views of Little Owl, this all down to my friend Steve G (not Gerrard!) who told me about the bird sometime back.

With the weather being pretty decent light-wise if a little windy I thought I would take a look to see what was about and oddly enough Steve G said he was going for a look there too today. I got in place first and the bird was soon spotted in one of the roadside trees it seems to favour – do not know the species of tree – am doing well just knowing the species of bird!

The Owl then moved to another side of the tree it was in and I inched my car around to get another pic or two of it as it studied me with those wonderful eyes. This time I was closer to the bird as it had dropped down to a lower branch.

Steve and his wife arrived just after the bird had moved up to a thinner and higher branch, it was fighting the gusty wind a little and after about 20 minutes it flew down the road to another large tree it seems to like, no surprise really as they look old and have plenty of nooks and crannies for the bird to settle into.

We drove down to the tree the Owl had chosen and we could not see it , Steve and his wife, then headed off to Marston Sewage Works for a look around. I followed them down to some farm buildings and turned back as I decided to give it another few minutes before heading home.  Upon my return to the second tree the bird was visible, well half of it anyway! It never moved and I managed a few more images still sat in the car.

I managed to take some shots that I was able to crop quite close to the bird like the one below, very happy with this one :)

Only an hour in total at the location but a pleasant hour with lovely little species of bird, here’s to the next time!

I made my way back home and as Sunday lunch was not ready I sat in my hide in the garden to see what could be captured from my one man collapsable bird hide.

We are getting good numbers at differing times of the day of Blackbird, House Sparrow, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Chaffinch and Redpoll in particular along with the other common garden birds. I even had a Wren make an appearance and I managed the photo’s below in about 45 minutes.

Blackbirds are always kicking around our garden can get up to a dozen of them vying for the best food stuffs!

Goldfinches always seem to lead the way at our garden feeders, invariably the first ones down from eh trees, creating confidence for others to follow suit but sadly always seem to be the ones taken by the local Sparrowhawk when in the area.

The half a dozen House Sparrows we get in the garden are more cagey, using the few bushes that we have in our garden to use for cover to avoid the Sparrowhawk and feed close to the fence panels and bushes for safety, the Goldfinches should take a leaf out of the Spadge's book!

Redpolls have maxed out to date at 8 birds, not as many as we have had in the past but this down to weather and availability of food elsewhere I am guessing?

The single Wren we have in our garden is often heard but not seen that often, today this male saw the benefits of the sun and bathed in the sunlight for a few moments this morning before a House Sparrow chased it into the bush and then into our neighbours garden.


Anne Pakey(non-registered)
Absolutely fabulous photos, Steve. The Little Owl is beautiful xx
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