owls of the day

My friend Carolyn found this owl in a car boot sale and sent me a pic:


“It looks quite real,” she says, “but it is made of straw.”

My Ma bought me this wee owl at a fantastic shop in York:


it is a very happy owl.

November is a gloomy month, and curlews are sometimes regarded as a gloomy bird, but I do enjoy seeing large numbers of them at this time of year, feeding in the field behind our flat (we live very near the estuary). I was hoping to add curlews to today’s owls, but this morning saw a heavy frost, and they were gone.


EDIT: two hours later — the frost is lifting and they’re back!