In Dusk We Trust - Some Owling in Co.Durham, North East England, Great Britain
Leucistic Little Owl image copyright Hilary Chambers, Durham.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Irish Ghost Story


This happened a while ago in Dublin , and even though it sounds like an Alfred Hitchcock story, it's true.
John Bradford, a Dublin University student, was on the side of the road hitchhiking on a very dark night and in the midst of a storm.
No cars were travelling that night. The storm was so strong he could hardly see a few feet ahead of him.
Suddenly, he saw a car slowly coming towards him and stop. John, desperate for shelter and without thinking about it, got into the car and closed the door.... only to realize there was nobody behind the wheel and the engine wasn't on!!

The car started moving slowly. John looked at the road ahead and saw a curve approaching. Scared, he started to pray, begging for his life.
Then just before the car hit the curve, a hand appeared through the window and turned the wheel. John, paralyzed with terror, watched as the hand repeatedly came through the window, but never touched or harmed him.
Shortly thereafter John saw the lights of a pub appear down the road. So, gathering strength, he jumped out of the car and ran to the pub.

Wet and out of breath, he rushed inside and started telling everybody about the horrible experience he had just had.
A silence enveloped the pub when everybody realized he was crying and....wasn't drunk.
Suddenly the door opened and two other people walked in from the stormy night. They, like John, were also soaked and out of breath.
Looking around, and seeing John Bradford sobbing at the bar, one said to the other....
'Look Paddy...there's that freakin' idiot who got in the car while we were pushin' it.

Long-eared Owl in typical lowland roost. Bird in sheltered Elder behind Hawthorn.
Wing tips visible in bottom of image.

the gusty wind allowed me to get a close up view from behind the bird without it being aware of my presence

how many of these must we walk past . . . .


Rid said...

Good to see you back up and running Stevie!

Anonymous said...

Hello Paul
Gonna continue on here (might fill in a few gaps retrospectively - how could i not post an image of our 1st patch GGShrike ! etc )till back end of year, then start afresh.

Lots of projects on the go -
We're taking the DBAP Barn owl boxes into Teesdale in 2011
Local Dipper box to capitalise on recent spread into lowland areas
Still got to get a paper written up on the Leo surveying / population
A recent BirdGuides article on the RSPBs quarry findings, prompts me that i should make an effort to get something in writing - our Limestone quarries here in Co.Durham are an absolute treasure trove - you'd love 'em they ALL have Little Owls ;-)

Rid said...

I might have to drop in when I am passing and you could give a guided tour of the LO sites, maybe show me some LEO's as well!