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800 yards of 'mac. 4) February

February 13, 2017 - Starting to stir. I’ve never been a huge fan of February. A miserable month generally; often the coldest of the yea...
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800 yards of 'mac. 3) January.

January 13, 2017 - January - and all is quiet on the 800 yards of ‘mac. Well. Almost all is quiet. Old-timers to this blog may remember...
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A last hurrah and the robin's "b-side".

September 20, 2015 - As we race towards the equinox, like leggy house spiders through an open door - & after a pretty dismal August, weather-...
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Spring update.

May 24, 2015 - It has not got unnoticed (by me if no-one else) that I’ve not blogged for some time, so I thought I’d write a quick upda...
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How do YOU relax? (owls).

January 27, 2014 - “How do YOU relax?” That was a question put to me by two prospective managers at a job interview I sat through almost s...
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Its been a long time, been a long time....

April 07, 2013 - Its been a long time since: a) I've blogged. (Nearly a month). b) We've had any sort of warmth in the air (almost ex...
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"Are we nearrrly therrre yet"?

March 02, 2013 - I was going to blog about the pond that I have dug into our garden in the last week, or the swift box that I've finally...
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"Operation noctua (twoooo)" starts today.

January 01, 2013 - The first "Operation noctua" (where I followed a pair of local little owls breed successfully and raise two young) last...
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The goose is trying hard to get fat

November 23, 2012 - Christmas but a month away and….hark! are those “herald angels” singing in the far distance? To be honest, it’s a littl...
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"Operation noctua" end of week 34 - the end for now...

October 15, 2012 - I thought with a week off work last week I could spend some time stalking and photographing our local little owls, but d...
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"Operation noctua" end of week 33

October 09, 2012 - Nothing to report this week - apart from the usual - two owls still in place. I may try and stalk the wee things this w...
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"Operation noctua" end of week 32

September 29, 2012 - Again, not that much to report here (EDIT... other than the best photos I have of any of these birds at the end of this...
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"Operation noctua" end of week 31

September 24, 2012 - Hardly anything to note this week, apart from the fact that I'm pretty sure now that ONLY two owls are still in place at...
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"Operation noctua" end of week 30

September 15, 2012 - Nothing much to report from this sunny, warm week. I've had the trailcamera in the garden (not on the owl shed) but I h...
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“Operation noctua” end of week 29 – another surprise visitor.

September 08, 2012 - About six weeks ago, just after both little owl fledglings had fledged I noticed I had recorded HD footage of a surprise...
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"Operation noctua" end of week 28

September 03, 2012 - Because I thought I'd continue "Operation noctua" for a wee while (whilst owls are still visible) and because there's be...
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"Operation noctua" end of week 27

August 27, 2012 - As described last week, I did manage to set up the trailcamera again on the owl's "new" shed - and left it there for abo...
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"Operation noctua" end of week 26

August 19, 2012 - Well.... this was going to be my last "Operation noctua" report for the year (as 26 is both my and Anna's lucky number a...
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"Operation noctua" end of week 25

August 13, 2012 - The penultimate "Operation noctua" report this year as it's fair to say, what with one reason or another, I've not been...
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"Operation noctua" end of week 24

August 05, 2012 - Again, just one visit to see our local little owls again this week but a brief visit which resulted in at least seeing b...
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"Operation noctua" end of week 23

July 30, 2012 - Another somewhat depressing week as far as the owls and myself were concerned – me still suffering health-wise and havin...
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"Operation noctua" end of week 22

July 23, 2012 - Just two very brief visits to “Owl-ville” last week means I’ve only been up to see our local little owls for the grand t...
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"Operation noctua" end of week 21

July 15, 2012 - Only one visit to owl-ville this week - just after dawn this morning. Three owls (one of the parents and both young) al...
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"Operation noctua" end of week 20

July 07, 2012 - Another gloomy, cool, damp week for our little owl family – and once again, I’ve not been up to their “hood” more than t...
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"Operation noctua" end of week 19

July 01, 2012 - Hardly anything to report this week as my health problems have meant I have not run through owl countryside since Monday...
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"Operation noctua" end of week 18 - both owlets on three HD video clips

June 24, 2012 - A mixed week weather-wise, with quite a lot of sun (compared to many recent weeks) and an awful lot of rain once again....
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"Operation noctua" end of week 17

June 17, 2012 - Not too much to add here other than its clear the little owlets are exploring their immediate location now. Twice I've...
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"Operation noctua" week 17 update - HD video of owlet fledging

June 14, 2012 - I have had my trail camera on the roof of a barn in the same field as the little owls' nest box (in an old oak tree) sin...
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"Operation noctua" end of week 16 - owlets on show!

June 10, 2012 - As predicted several times over the course of the last few months, the owlets have appeared bang on time (I predicted by...
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Bad hare day

June 08, 2012 - The chances of seeing an early summer seem to have stalled somewhat this week, with quite a bit of rain (over 50% of the...
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"Operation noctua" end of week 15

June 05, 2012 - Not much to add here after a what feels like a week of drizzle and cool temperatures. Still no fledglings visible in th...
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Would jubilee vit - the transit of Venus

June 05, 2012 - Do you remember June 8th 2004? Do you remember anything special about it? Maybe you were married then or celebrated so...
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"Operation noctua" end of week 14

May 28, 2012 - A very short, belated weekly update from owls-ville Alabama as I've already given two owl-related updates during the wee...
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"Operation noctua" - week 14 update - have we hatched eggs?

May 23, 2012 - Still a month away from the (official) start of summer, but you’d be forgiven for thinking its July now – what with it b...
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"Operation noctua" week 14 update - noisy active adults

May 21, 2012 - A quick update from the little owls. Today was a belter of a day (weather-wise) and I thought I'd stop off at "owl-vill...
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"Operation noctua" end of week 13

May 20, 2012 - Week 13 rather like 11 and 12 I'm afraid - limited time to go and see what the owls are up to, but this week I've only s...
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"Operation noctua" end of week 12

May 14, 2012 - As in week 11, I've hardly been up to see the owls this week (what with one thing or another) but the two times that I d...
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"Operation noctua" end of week 11

May 07, 2012 - Due to the ongoing recent poor weather and my lack of tip-top health, once again, I've not been following the owls as cl...
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"Operation noctua" end of week 10

April 30, 2012 - An "end of week report" a day later than normal thanks to the weather, my health and my ongoing efforts to attract high-...
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"Operation noctua" week 10 update

April 24, 2012 - As regular visitors to this site will know, I've taken a week off work to a) try and photograph the local little owls, b...
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"Operation noctua" end of week 9

April 22, 2012 - Because I've not been very well for a while, I've not had the energy to keep tabs on our local little owls this week, ot...
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"Operation noctua" end of week 8

April 15, 2012 - As described here, I've not been up to much this week, so there's not a whole lot to report owl-wise. I think I've driv...
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"Operation noctua" end of week 7

April 08, 2012 - As described here, this week has brought a realisation upon me that there is more to see in the surrounding fields, heat...
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"Operation noctua" end of week 6

April 01, 2012 - Another warm (for the time of year) week but all change now as the blocking anticyclone drifts off into the north Atlant...
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"Operation noctua" HD video update

March 28, 2012 - Just a quick post from me, as promised, to show a few more HD clips of the pair of little owls that I'm following at the...
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"Operation noctua" end of week 5 - HD video of kestrel mobbing owl

March 26, 2012 - This “end of week report” this week is a day later than normal, primarily because last week I had the trail camera in pl...
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British Summer Time (BST) begins...

March 25, 2012 - Just a few (4!) days after spring officially begins - and today (Sunday 25th March) we all put our clocks forward.... as...
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"Operation noctua" end of week 4 - spliced HD video

March 17, 2012 - In the main the week has been foggy in the mornings then sunny, still and warm (very warm on a few days), with rain arri...
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"Operation noctua" - HD video update - sunbathing

March 13, 2012 - After replacing the camera (and giving it a little more elevation to allow the PIR (passive infrared) to work) I retriev...
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"Operation noctua" end of week 3

March 11, 2012 - Well... I was expecting to delight anyone reading this blog with more HD clips of our little owls as I had the trail cam...
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"Operation noctua" End of week 2

March 04, 2012 - If there's anyone out there who visits my website regularly, they'll know that I've already uploaded a fifth HD video of...
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"Operation noctua" - HD video of adult pair together

March 01, 2012 - As I mentioned earlier in the week, I have left the owls be this week, to ensure I don't spook them too early in the sea...
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"Operation noctua" - An HD leap - on leap year day...

February 29, 2012 - I was going to upload an HD video (recorded on Sunday 26th) of both our adult little owls on the roof together, but as i...
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"Operation noctua" HD video 2

February 28, 2012 - Another HD video clip recorded on the (sunny) Sunday 26th February 2012 - only about an hour and a half after Anna and I...
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"Operation noctua" first HD video!

February 27, 2012 - Just a quick post tonight, in somewhat breathless excitement... I've managed to record HD video footage of our local li...
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"Operation noctua" (end of week 1)

February 25, 2012 - The dummy camera has been in place almost a week - and after a brief period at the start of the week when I thought I'd...
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"Operation noctua" begins...

February 20, 2012 - Each time I've driven the couple of miles (or so) from our house to check on the little owls recently, I've been rewarde...
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Owls paired up

February 18, 2012 - I thought I'd take a dawn drive this morning, to check on our local owls, as I knew my car had to have its MOT today and...
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