Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Not Enough Hours in the Night


Owls are working a back shift to keep pace with demands for food and they are clocking on early.

Yesterday evening a pair of tawny owls were squawking from tree to tree from about seven in the evening; I saw one trawl across the field at about eight thirty, I was just shutting the hens house up for the night, it was still far from dark and still light enough to see the owl was carrying a shrew or a mouse in its talons. They showed up early for work again tonight , this was at about seven forty five (I think this is a tawny owl, but I’m happy to be corrected, could it be a little owl?) You might remember I got a good daylight view of a tawny owl once before.

Night owl 3

I imagine if you are a ‘day bird’ with chicks to feed, the days are a long hard graft, but at least they’ve got plenty of daylight hours to forage in; for the owl its a different story, only a few hours of darkness and a lot of hunting to do.

Day and night owl

Will you look at the state of those overhead wires? (please note the three phase electricity, or so I’m told; electricity is something of a mystery to me, it’s a remnant of when this was a working farm complete with milking machines.) is it any wonder we get power cuts


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

5 thoughts on “Not Enough Hours in the Night

  1. I’ve long had a fascination for owls but it’s been years since I’ve since any in the wild! xx

  2. Busy little owl hunting mice and snakes. Good little owl . . .

    • Snakes, SNAKES, goodness, we don’t ‘do’ snakes, relaxes.
      The owl was out and about in the sunshine yesterday, we have discovered where it lives and we are told it has one chick that is being very well fed!

  3. Every once in a while I’ll see an owl flying overhead at night. Most of the time around here, I’ll see a burrowing owl sitting just outside the hole to it’s nest keeping an eye out for predators. They are the cutest, loudest little things.

  4. I was looking at the wires, but admiring the graduated way that they went out of focus. But the owl was crystal clear. You have eyes as sharp as he (or automatic focus!)

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