Funny, I've checked through BWP, Beaman, Mikkola et al, but I can't find any reference to a "Professor Yaffle off Bagpuss" walk (oh come on, you all know who he is really), as being a defining field characteristic of Little Owl.
Luckily Austin Thomas has sent me the photographic proof - lovely pix Austin, thanks for sending 'em to Birdblog.
"Seems like Little Owls are in vogue at the moment," says Austin.
" Here are a couple taken locally recently. I really can't determine if this is one of a breeding pair but hopefully that will become clear over the coming weeks. A record shot and one performing The Grand Old Duke of York..".
I particularly like the expression on the owl's face in this shot, as he realises he's been caught doing silly walks.
Odd Jackdaw, with nice white shoulders flashes with the rest of the mob around Weld Rd this morning (albinoism is a wonderful thing), and several Swallows feeding millimetres off the sand on Southport beach, whizzing around daytrippers and cars like they weren't there.
After work I indulged in a spot of botanising, even though I end up getting confused most of the time.
Still, the Viper's Bugloss (an introduction, but good value nonetheless) around the Queen's Jubilee Trail was impressive (there's another stand of it on the Coast Rd on the inland side as you approach Weld Rd roundabout from the south), and a quick walk round the pinewoods at Formby revealed plenty of helleborines shooting up.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...