Tuesday December 4th 2012
Just had a busy weekend. It was the Christmas Fayre weekend, and we set up our gazebo meeting and greeting people as they came down the drive. Our volunteer Stewart came up from Preston especially for this weekend. He, ably assisted by ‘Sparky the Barn Owl’, engaged with the public on both days, helping us to a total of over £300 - raised. Not bad for the off-season! A few days before, I helped Steve Richardson to decorate the entrance unit for the festive season. He also brought in a CD player and a Christmas CD, which had some funny versions of seasonal favourites on it. A funny peculiar thing happened while we were manning the stall; Stewart was standing there with Sparky, when out of nowhere, this wasp suddenly appeared, looking very lively indeed, considering the sub zero temperature. It buzzed round him landing on his head. It was probably disturbed from its hibernation, and most definitely the last thing I expected to see at this time of year.
I had to go and pick up a Tawny Owl today. It was up at a business park on the outskirts of Whitehaven. It had flown into a reception area of one of the buildings. It spent most of the night trying to fly through the windows which were closed. By the time I picked it up, it was concussed and blind. It’s been to see the vet, and given some anti inflammatory and fluid therapy. We’ll see how it progresses. It’s in the wildlife hospital for the present.
See you next week.
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