Saturday 8th January 2011
It always takes time for me to get used to writing the revised date. By the time I’m used to it, it’s time to change again, or maybe it just feels like that.
It’s been an uneventful week, as first weeks of the year go, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I can tell you that I have finally seen/eyeballed the Indian Eagle Owlet in the Breeding Ground. I looked very hard, and couldn’t see any sign of a second one. I take my hat off to them and the Ferruginous Pygmy Owls for even successfully raising one owlet each, considering what the elements have thrown at them in recent months.
I went down the Breeding Ground this morning to do a clean, as everything was frozen solid yesterday. It would appear that ‘Bert’ the male Mackinder’s Eagle Owl, who is paired with ‘sweaty’ Betty the rather scary female, new his bath was overdue, as he was literally waiting for me to fill his bath up with nice fresh water, before he proceeded to ‘dive in’ and do his ablutions. He did this under the stony gaze of Betty, who sat there, not bothering with a clean whatsoever. You could imagine if she were human, that television, chips and cigarettes would figure very highly in her life. Bert finished his wash by defecating heartily into the water dish, before flying up to his perch. You can’t help but wonder whether situations like this are the only opportunities for Bert to be ‘one up’ on Betty, as I wouldn’t want to get on her wrong side.
This afternoon has been rather interesting though, as we are in the process of securing corporate supporters for the World Owl Trust. This week has seen Blue Fin insurance group come on board, and today, Park Gate
Farm Holidays from Irton, Holmrook have signed up as supporters as well. Both will have links on our website, and be displayed on our supporter’s board in the entrance unit. Park Gate Farm Holidays are
conveniently located near Muncaster for anybody who wishes to stay longer in the area. They may be contacted on 01946 724640, or E-mail by .
Check out www.parkgatefarmholidays.co.uk for more details.
Last but not least, I am plugging this coming year’s sponsored walk. We need to do some serious fund raising to be able to fulfil our ambition of erecting 100 Barn Owl nest boxes nationwide. For more details, check out ‘sponsored walk 2011’, page here. I have established a link to our JustGiving pages, where you can sponsor our endeavours online. As always, none of what we do can be done without your help.
See you next week.
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