Pauline says: Ian is busy tonight so its my chance to get chatty on here while his back is turned! Yesterday yet again the clock 'beebled' and squealed at 5am and out of bed I dove with thoughts of 'owls, more owls, need more owls' ... Its becoming an addiction ... Had you noticed - but were too polite to mention it?
Off we went just after 6.30am and drove nice and steady to the usual spot and got parked up. Yet again the dark coloured barn owl was flying far off in the field. We set up and wrapped up and waited. We were soon joined by our friends and so 5 of us waited and waited and waited some more, then we waited and a bit more of a wait .... Finally after 3.5 hours the 'barnie' flew and shutters clattered. If I'd known it was not going to show till 1pm I could have had a kip in the car!! Eventually the afternoon passed with the dark and light bird flying, but then another dark bird arrived with a leg dangling and it didn't take us long to see that its leg was injured, with feathers missing, skin and flesh showing all weeping, plus its thigh was huge and looked dislocated to me. What a shame but it did catch a vole and eat it right in front of us so its coping but will it get infection and or gangrene and lose that leg and possibly its life .... I do hope not.
Eventually the short-eared owls flew as well but the light was fading and with thoughts of freezing roads and rush-hour traffic we suddenly packed up at 3pm and headed for home ... I wonder when the next calm blue day will be and where will I be tempted to go? No prizes for guessing!