Tuesday 8th July 2014
Well, you may be happy to know that ‘Nelson’ the male Common Buzzard has made it back from the vet. He is back down the Breeding Ground again. It would appear that he has a cataract in his one remaining eye, which makes it hard for him to find his food. However, he knows his aviary, and knows where the feed tray is.
We ‘eventually’ managed to catch the Magpie which had mysteriously appeared in the Laybourne Aviary. It took three of us. two ‘beaters’ and one ‘catcher’. The thing is, with owls, you know they are going to make a mistake, and end up near a net. Not so with Magpies! This particular individual used all its native Corvid cunning to avoid capture! It’s flight path ‘just so’ to avoid even my reach! Our only hope was to tire him out. In the end, it was touch and go as to who was going to tire out first! We eventually managed to net it in the wood end of the aviary, but it was a close run thing! After it had recuperated in the hospital fortified itself with a last minute meal, it went back in to wild none the worse for wear.
Incidentally, the young bird of Prey chick I picked up a number of weeks ago has now turned in to a handsome juvenile Kestrel. We have managed to keep it wild, as it managed to feed itself from day one. Hopefully next month it will be able to be released.
The latest batch of youngsters in the Burrowing Owl Aviary in the Main Display are now permanently out of the nest box. They are distinguishable from the parents and their elder siblings by the fact that they haven’t yet developed any markings on their breast feathers. At present that brings the total in their particular aviary to ‘7’.
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