On my Thursday walk with Mike Tinker today we had decided to walk the new road Langholm Initiative have had made to take the trees out of the felled wood at Hallpath. This has had to be done in the summer to prevent any damage to the habitat on Whita Hill.
This is at the Broomholmshiels end of the road.
A grand view of Langholm in the distance
Part of the road follows the track made by the people working on the pylons a couple of years ago
An even better view of Langholm
A little bit higher up from Broomholmshiels
We stopped for a Coffee Break at Broomholmshiels and Mike noticed in the distance a fluffy ball in the middle of the road so on closer inspection we found this baby Barn Owl.
It was very cute but in real danger from the forestry trucks going along the road
We decided to pick it up and put it back in the barn so Mike being very brave did the deed but not before it had stuck its claw into his finger and I had to remove it.
This was the first time Mike had seen a baby Barn Owl never mind pick it up.
One of the Forestry Trucks plying the new road
A most beautiful bird. We contacted Langholm Initiative and two of the Tarras valley Nature Reserve team came up to look at it and managed to get it back into the nest box. They said that the Barn Owl expert Rick would visit tonight to see that it was ok.