The Yorkshire Wolds is great ‘little owl’ country and I love to paint these charismatic owls. Yet, a cold spring last year and freezing conditions which were so severe for the previous two winters has meant that all the little owls bar one pair that I know of in my local patch have gone.
After lunch one of the owls flew up to the ash tree to hunt for beetles. I held my breath as it passed my newly renovated hole. The little owl spotted it and promptly disappeared into it and out of sight.
It was only gone for a short while before it popped out again and called to its mate to come across and take a look. They both then disappeared into the hole for a few minutes.