Wednesday 3rd July 2013
It's been a funny week. We've had a few wildlife casualties in, in the form of a Common Kestrel, and a Common Buzzard. The Kestrel unfortunately came in with a broken spine. It is quite possible it flew into an overhead power line. Being paralyzed, the prognosis was never going to be good, and had to be euthanized at the vet's. The Buzzard on the other hand, appears to just be down its luck. I was at home on Saturday evening, around 18.45pm, when there was a knock on the door. It was somebody I knew, carrying a very miserable looking Buzzard wrapped in a towel. I was offered a lift to Muncaster & back, and preceded up the A595 towards Muncaster in the company of a motley crew farm dogs which were camped out in the back of the 4X4. This was after hours, so I had to minister to the bird there and then. There were no broken bones, but the bird was very thin. On the plus side of things, it was quite intent on trying to take a lump out of my fingers! The fact that they have some fight in them is always a good sign. After assist feeding the Buzzard, we left it with some extra food, and after leaving a note for the staff in the morning, wended our way back home. I'm happy to say, this bird is now out of the hospital, and in the old quarantine unit in an indoor aviary, where it can put on some weight, and gain some strength, before being released again. It had probably had a spell of prolonged bad luck; something that appears to be happening to another individual, (Buzzard), here at Muncaster. There is one that's hanging around the centre, that's looking very tatty, with big gaps in its wing feathers; possibly going through a heavy malt. We try and throw it some food as and when we can.
On the bright side of things, I have heard some owlet noises coming from the nest boxes of some of our American Barn Owls and Dark-breasted Barn Owls in the Breeding Ground. It would seem the Breeding season is still ongoing. Consequently we won't have final figures for our breeding results just yet.
As it happens, I had to do an interview for Border TV this morning explaining just that, as the breeding season is a little behind on previous seasons, no doubt due to all the bad weather we had in early spring. Having said that, this weekend is set fair, which is good timing, as Eden Arts is staging an open air cinema event of Dracula on the castle front lawn on the 6th of July at 6,30pm, and on Sunday the 7th of July, the World Owl Trust is holding its annual 'Owlet Day' here at Muncaster.
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