Thursday 2nd January 2014
Happy New Year! All quiet on the western front at present. We’re having a lull between storms at the moment. There have been many ‘festive’ power cuts between Christmas Eve and the present. I particularly remember Friday the 27th of December. I got up and blundered about in the dark until I was ‘functional enough’ to go to work. Unfortunately my lunch relied heavily on the microwave, and rather optimistically I assumed there would be power at Muncaster. Wrong! As a result, I had to find sustenance during the day in three ‘refreshing’ cups of cold water!
I had New Year’s Day off, but it hasn’t been hard to join the dots as to what it was like here at Muncaster. The fence round the wildlife pond is plastered with flotsam & jetsam; this could only have been caused by extensive flooding down the main drive. Fortunately, the owls seem to have once more taken all this inclement weather in their stride. Having said that, it would appear that we have another month of these Atlantic storms ahead of us! Oh joy!!
Anyway, it has been confirmed, the Ashy-faced Owls definitely have at least one egg at present, and the Verreaux’s Eagle Owls are starting to get amorous. Maybe all this ‘wild but mild’ weather is helping bring on an early breeding season. We shall have to see...
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