The first I knew I had a Little owl near my house was hearing a strange call just after dark, I thought it was an owl of some kind and after checking on-line I found out it was the contact call of a Little Owl. Some evenings I could hear another owl replying.
Each time I went out I searched along the barn roofs, the hedges and along of the hay bales. Little owls apparently even like sunbathing.
My mum saw the little owl a few times while I was at school, sat on top of the hay bales. My dad saw it early one morning about 1 metre of the ground on a branch being hassled by a blackbird, but no matter how hard I looked I never saw it, only heard it.
It took about 6 months before I finally saw and photographed the Little owl this week. I was walking back out of the field after taking some photographs of Roe deer when I heard a Raven calling overhead, as I was looking for where the Raven was I noticed there was a Little owl sat on the barn roof right opposite my house. The following evening I checked again and this time it was sat on a tree stump.https://appletonwildlifediary.wordpress ... ittle-owl/