On Saturday I went past the barn with the Little Owl, however the farmer was busy harvesting so opted not to pay it a closer visit, the farmer whilst transferring from one field to the next had flatten the grass area were I hide so most of my cover has temporarily gone, it is only flattened so should pop up with a bit of sun. I could see the pair of them so all was ok. One other negative I noted was on Sunday, more people were walking their dogs past as a result of the field just being stubble rather then crops I made a note to myslef to give the barn a wide berth in terms of photography for a while until things get a bit more quite as the local farmer was saying to me "they do it every year, go mental walking their dogs for a week or so then they vanish" it made me chuckle. He knows about the Little Owls and was saying he often sees a Barn Owl but only when the winter weather gets bad he pointed where he normally sees a Barn Owl whilst working the land, I thanked him and we talked some more before I left....I like chatting to farmers.
However my big surprise came on the Saturday bike ride home after work, I needed some shopping so went into a local branch of a particular supermarket (no adverts or plugging here) at the Weston Favell Centre. I rode back via the back of my old school called Weston Favell Upper (think it's called Secondary now) and was passing an area we called the "horse shoe" a big grass embankment the shape of....a horse shoe, clever we were as kids lol. There is a busy dual carriageway to one side, houses on the left, more houses (Charnwood Avenue) to the right with some lovely tall pine tree's in every garden not much but a nice cycle path when I heard a bird call that made me slam my brakes on I did have a lot of shopping and cycling uphill....sure it was a Little Owl, it was I saw Jay fly from some bushes and located were the Jay was I could see a small round blob, a Little Owl. No camera on me so Sunday as I went into work I took it with me, but on the cycle into and back from work nothing, perhaps it was a juvenile dispersed and lost I thought, it's hardly an ideal area for a Little Owl, sure I have found two separate breeding Sparrowhawks nearby and we used to have a Tawny Owl for about eight years, sadly no more. But a Little Owl? I have seen some images from London of Little Owls but the parks are massive.
Well on Monday I took the plunge and went looking for it, not expecting much to be fair thinking it had gone. I checked every tree, bush had a talk with an old boy who reckon he had seen a baby "tawny" and went to look in the area he pointed too.
Quite frankly I couldn't believe what I had found I was beginning to get all sorts of thoughts in my head, where did it disperse from, have there always been a Little Owl in the area that I have overlooked, will it be ok and how many others have seen it or like me had heard it?
I have been on a little (sic) roll with these of late but this one brought the biggest smile, though I have to say I wasn't happy with this birds pose it looked scared, it was. It has made me feel awkward about posting the image.