Friday 1st July 2011
It’s official. Today is the first day of the second half of the year, and the nights are closing in again. Soon it will be time to start thinking about getting prepared for the spooky owl tours at Halloween. A scary thought for a whole host of reasons.
We have the busiest part of the visitor season ahead of us in the meantime. This week has been quite good at Meet The Birds. We made over £100 - in the bucket yesterday, as well as get some new members. It got a bit interesting on Wednesday though, as the rain started at 2.30pm by spitting. This could be ignored, as the day had been dry, and this had to be a slight hiccup. Right? Wrong! The rain got progressively worse, until it was pouring down. Mortimer was on the stump during her stint at Meet The Birds and she looked around her as if to say “you must be joking”. We had committed ourselves to the lawn by then, and we ‘endured’, losing two thirds of our audience in the process. The digital printers weren’t too happy either, as they were exposed to the sudden cloudburst. We still managed to get an adoption and a membership on that day, which goes to show that it is always worth persevering. Incidentally, the printers are still working, but have been drying out ever since.
On the livestock side of things, The Pharaoh’s Eagle Owls are looking quite hopeful, as the female is sitting very tight, and morning feeds keep disappearing. Fingers crossed.
We have bred Eurasian Scops Owls this year as well. We have a single juvenile out of the nest box at present. We haven’t bred these for many years. Let’s hope (s)he makes it through to adulthood.
I will leave you with a brilliant picture, taken by Gary Jones, of Sparky at Patchings. Please note the WOT logo in the background.
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