Some people still can't find the Tawny Owls' nest tree, so here is a guide.
This bench is on the west side of the path between the Physical Energy equestrian statue and the Speke obelisk. It is at exactly the halfway point between the two features; if you go to either of them you will be able to see the other. The owl tree is about 50 yards west of the bench, at the end of a small path trodden in the grass by the feet of many owl enthusiasts. It is a big horse chestnut tree leaning to the left (that is, to the south), with a distinctive broken trunk.
The male owl's favourite position at the moment is on the 'balcony' formed by a broken-off branch on the right side of the trunk as viewed from here, about 10 feet below the broken top of the trunk. He is so well camouflaged that he is quite difficult to see there, so here is a more distant shot than usual to give you an idea of the surroundings.
Sometimes he sits on top of the break in the trunk, where you can see him by looking in the direction that the camera is looking in the first picture.
Just behind the nest tree there is a beech tree with brambles around its base. The owls sometime spend the day here.
The small birds in the leaf yard were very hungry on a cold day, and arrived in flocks every time I went past the leaf yard. Two of the Nuthatches came down to take food from the top of the fence.
Nearby, a pair of Wood Pigeons were clearly in love.
But all this springtime activity will be put on hold fairly soon until the real spring arrives, and I hope it won't be like the miserable time we had last year, which disturbed almost all the birds' breding seasons.
A pair of Egyptian Geese settled in the Little Owls' chestnut tree, displaying noisily and probably upsetting the owls, who were nowhere to be seen. The iridescent wing coverts of these birds are green from one angle ...
... and purple-bronze from another.