Armed with some bright sunshine and a pair of wellies, I went out to see if I could find some owls as I'd not seen an owl since 19th December!
I made a brief 'token' stop at my Little Owl Site No.01 where I've not seen an owl since late 2009, but then had a more detailed look around at Site No.08. The ground was so wet that I was sinking into the grass about 4 inches (100mm) with every step. Unfortunately it was also a bit breezy, and no owl was seen. I gave up after half an hour or so, and set off for Site No.32. No luck at 32 so I walked into Calke Park, where I spotted a LO at about 70 metres distance sunning itself on its favourite perching place - Site No.31.
During the next couple of hours, the only movement it made were a few brief preening efforts. Fortunately there were other birds to amuse me - see below.
|Nuthatch - Calke Park|
|Treecreeper - Calke Park|
I walked back to the car, and set off for my LO Site No.02, where I sat for an hour, having a picnic lunch and watching for an owl - with no luck. The wind was getting a bit stronger, so I went to nearby Site No.12, where the owls can often be found in a barn - again I drew a blank.
I then went a bit further afield and tried my Site No.17 (no luck) and then Site No.03 (no luck). By now the clouds had rolled in and the wind was strong and chilling - I'd had enough, and set off home! Eight sites visited and only one owl seen!
As a bit of an experiment, inspired by other bloggers (primarily Bob Bushell), it's my intention to add music clips to my posts - at least for a while. My interest in music started at quite an early age (I guess at about ten years old), and my influences have been many and varied. However, I didn't get to see a live band until I was about 17. I was labouring on a building site earning some pocket money in the school holidays. Another guy of about my age, doing exactly the same thing as me, said that some friends of his were playing in Ruislip Manor (just up the road from me), and invited me to go to the gig with him. If my memory serves me correctly, the venue was the 'youff club'. The band was The Birds (a bit appropriate for this blog really!). I can remember that the music was exciting, and I was struck by the flares that one of the guys (I think it was Ron) was wearing - they were yellow ochre with large black inverted chevrons down the top part of one leg. My workmate told me that Ron's dad was also musical, and played spoons down the local boozer. Ron was, of course, Ronnie Wood who now plays guitar with the Rolling Stones! This number was written by Ron, who also does the vocals.
Soon after this gig, I went out and bought a harmonica ('blues harp' in the parlance of that time), and it wasn't very long before I was in a band myself.
If the musical addendum to my posts is received favourably, I'll continue (but with far fewer words!). I will also probably try for linked themes!