After a week or so of walking up the river at dawn to see my Barn Owl again, I am reluctantly going to say that I don't think its hunting "south of the rivvarrh" at present.
There is clear evidence of motorbike activity (trail bikes by the look of the tyre prints) all over the Owl's hunting field.
Having come across these morons before, I assume they are out at night (de-restricted, unregistered bikes very often) - at least 2 or 3 of them by the look of the mess they've caused.
I don't blame the Owl for finding "pastures new" (quite literally), as they will be making quite a racket at night.
I hope I know roughly where the Owl is still roosting at present, and assume it will be hunting just north of the river - but that is a good two hour walk for me (4 hours round trip at least), and at the moment, will not be do-able by me.
I'll continue to walk up the river at dusk and dawn occasionally, for a time, in the hope that the cretins on their bikes get reported or bored.
I hope to meet them one evening...., with a catatpult and a few stones maybe...
The picture above is another photo I took this morning of a barb on a barbed wire fence, running next to the Barn Owl field, covered in a heavy frost.
Click as always to enlarge.