Tuesday July 3rd 2012
I have included a few photos taken by Terry Evison of some of this year’s owlets. We haven’t done many pictures of late. As I mentioned before, we had a slow start, but have more than managed to make up for it as the breeding season progressed.
This week has had a bit of a recurring ‘Hedgehog theme’. We received a juvenile Hedgehog last week. It went home with me after a trip to the vet. Over the weekend we received three more, one of which died on its way to the vet. This left two over the weekend at the Owl Centre. It would seem that the above average rainfall may have something to do with fledgling Hedgehogs having a poor time of it. They were put in a brooder overnight to help warm them up. On entering the incubator room this morning, Michelle found the brooder door open, with little footprints leaving a trail across the counter. The trail continued on the floor, diverging into two, and with both trails leading to two separate carrier bags. The Hedgehogs had selected a carrier bag each which dry towels in them. It would seem that the brooder wasn’t to their liking! They will both be joining the other one at ‘Hedgehog Towers’. Hopefully we’ll be able to release them later on in the season. If not, then they will overwinter with me, and be released next year.
One day last week I had a request to do an interview for a DVD that was being put together by the West Cumbria Tourist Board. They wanted a close encounter with an owl. As it turned out, ‘Dusk’ the European Eagle Owlet was available for this event. I made my way to the Cannon Bank after ‘Heron Happy hour’. The idea was to do a bit on the World Owl Trust, as well as extol the virtues of West Cumbria as a tourist destination. I have to say ‘Dusk’ performed admirably, at one point actually climbing the steps and going into the castle through the main entrance. As my bit was being filmed, a car crash happened on the other side of Eskdale from the castle, so as I was describing the ‘unspoiled’ nature of the Western Lake District, you could hear all these multiple sirens going off as both the police and fire brigade arrived on the scene. Apparently there was a car upside down in a field with people trapped inside. I hope they were all unharmed. Anyway, the camera man was happy with what he had got, and apparently can filter out the sirens.
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