November 7th 2009
The first week of the off season was in stark contrast with the previous week; the place now being practically deserted.
The Halloween week has been very successful for Muncaster, what with there being so many different Halloween related tours and attractions;such as ‘the scary maze tour’ which involved real actors dressed up like ‘grim reapers’ and ‘sinister moving shadows’.
It was that good in fact that,we have decided to ‘join in’ next year by hosting ‘scary owl tours’ round the centre, after sundown. Details of which will follow in due course.
I mentioned last week about our successful breeding of Ferruginous Pygmy Owls. It just so happens that since then David the collection manager has capitalized on this by swapping 2 of the males we bred this year for 2 un-related females, thereby enabling us to set up more potential breeding pairs.
Since last week we have received 2 wildlife casualties; a kestrel, possibly a juvenile, and a juvenile common buzzard. Both of which were weak and thin. They are both eating well now, and probably just needed ‘a lucky break’ in order to survive, which is hopefully what we have provided for them.
Fledging and becoming independent is a very hazardous time for juvenile animals of any species, there being many casualties falling by the wayside.
Chocolate is being flown by the keepers, and is having her repertoire extended, what with ‘Meet the Birds’ having finished for the year, thereby allowing more flexibility as to what can be achieved. The other flying birds are slightly confused at present as they are getting as much food as they can ‘shake a talon at’, Mortimer the buzzard was given a large rat. She grabbed it, then squeezed it, then sat there for ages with the ruff on the back of her neck extended, just screaming her ‘battle cry’.
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