For several years the RSPB has been using the strapline, 'Birds are Brilliant!' in their promotional campaigns. I think that slogan is spot on and I have been reminded of it recently by a couple of Little Owls. On one of my local walks there is an ash tree which is home to a pair of these diminutive birds and in recent weeks either one or both owls have been sitting out close by in a hawthorn. What stunning birds they are. Perfectly camouflaged with mottled grey-brown plumage and motionless, but their yellow eyes stand out and have a piercing effect when they look at you. And these birds look intently ... watching my every move as I look at them with my binoculars. I smile contented, happy to see such brilliant birds!

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