Tuesday 3rd December 2013
It’s been a quiet week. It’s the time before the festive season. As soon as that is over, we will be in the run up to the start of the 2014 visitor season. As things stand, you can almost feel the advancing darkness, as we approach the winter solstice. It seems like it was only yesterday, when I had the good fortune to witness a druidic ritual celebrating the autumn equinox on the 22nd of September.
It’s going to be busy this coming weekend though. The annual ‘Taste Cumbria Christmas Fayre’ will be taking place here at Muncaster. The World Owl Trust will have a stall in Front of the castle, near ‘Tom Fool’s Tree’. This is a prestigious event; there is a real buzz about the place, and well worth a visit.
The flying birds have just about got used to not doing ‘Meet the Birds’ anymore. They have started to get that ‘sated’ look of the ‘well fed’. Even Mortimer is starting to leave bits and pieces.
Fidget the Barn Owl had a busy weekend however, as he and his allotted handler went to events at Hawkshead and Egremont. He is currently ‘resting’ in his aviary.
I have been telling you about our recent success stories, regarding rehabilitation. We presently have another wild Tawny Owl which has been moved down to the Breeding Ground prior to release. We received a starving Buzzard last week. It was a youngster, and most likely a female. Unfortunately, this bird didn’t make it. It was too far gone. I managed to get some food into it, but the bird was too weak to keep the food down. When they have gone without food for too long, they start to digest their stomach lining. I think this is what happened to that particular bird. I found it dead the following morning. Many animals/birds don’t make it past fledging. In the wild there are no guarantees. You should never lose sight of this. It is the same with any bird which has been released back in to the wild. The one thing to remember is that you have given the bird back its ‘power of choice’, or freedom.
See you next week
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