When I first moved back to Tumbledore Farm in February I was delighted to be able to watch the Little Owls in the back orchard. They have been residents at Tumbledown Farm for a number of years but I had up til then only ever heard them at night.
Mr and Mrs Owl on their favourite branches.
They have a favourite apple tree in the orchard and during the winter months they sat there at various points in the day. Each with their own favoured 'his' and 'hers' branch. For me there was nothing better in the morning than to look staight out of the kitchen window and be able to watch the owls.
Once spring arrived seeing the owls through all the foliage was incredibly difficult. Although hearing their domesetic disputes was still just as easy! They've been quiet since May. We've had no doubt that they were sitting, but it was not until earlier this month that we managed to spot their new bundle of fluff. They appear to have had only one owlett this year, but it is rather cute and fluffy and has a favoured preening spot in a tree at the back of the orchard. It likes to sit there in the morning sun and watch the world go by.
I've been trying for a while now to get a shot of it. The dilema is that I don't want to frighten them off as we do so love having them in the orchard. This morning I've managed a couple. They are a bit blurry and from a distance, but I wanted to share them all the same.