Tuesday 6th August 2013
It's been a fortnight since my last blog. I had an 'epic' amount of garden work needing doing last week. I mentioned biting insects a few weeks ago, in the context of Chaco Owls. I mentioned that the Chaco Owlet we pulled from the nest might not have a good prognosis due to being hatched late in the season. I have to say, and I take no pleasure in this, that I was right about it having been bitten. The owlet contracted a respiratory infection, no doubt a secondary infection caused by Haemoproteus... For more info, please check out an earlier article I wrote; 'Fighting Flies'.
Weather wise, it’s been quite eventful during the last week, and the sudden deluge we had, may have caused a few of our older trees to loosen their root systems. A big old Oak tree came down in the woods yesterday. It’s easy to think of trees as permanent, but they too, have a cycle with a beginning and an end. We also had an uncomfortably close encounter with a falling limb, from the Oak tree which spread its canopy above the Great Horned Owl’s aviary. Check out the photo of the damage it did! I’m pleased to say that the owls weren’t injured in any way, and they are in the quarantine unit until the damage can be repaired.
On a different subject, when I do the scheduled talks during the course of the day, I try to be one step ahead mentally. Whilst I am saying the line, I am mentally rehearsing the next line. This way the talk should flow more smoothly. That’s the theory anyway. Picture the scene; I am coming up to the end of the Heron Happy Hour talk. I mention that Herons don’t just eat fish, but take a range of prey items including ducklings. I tell the audience we feed them mostly dead day old chicks, very similar to a day old duckling. Then I say; “but I don’t think this crew cares whether it’s dead day old chicks or dead day old dumplings”.
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