Saturday 8th October 2011
What a difference a week makes. Last week we were basking in what was an ‘Indian summer’; this week has switched to autumn. We even had a covering of snow on Thursday evening at Bootle. It would appear that the weather men are forecasting minus 20 degrees Celsius in the next couple of weeks!
As per usual, (I’m happy to say), the owls appear to be taking the erratic weather in their stride. I suppose for many of them in their natural habitats, these wild temperature swings are all part of the norm, and maybe if the past few years are anything to go by, this is going to be the norm in the British Isles as well. We shall see.
This year’s juvenile male Boobook Owl from the Main Display has gone to a private breeder yesterday. I’m sure he will go on to have a happy fulfilled life at his new home. His place has been filled by the young female bred by our other Boobooks in the Breeding Ground. She fills the shoes of the old female who died a few months back, and should become part of our breeding stock.
We received a wild casualty the other day; a wild Tawny Owl which was very thin. It appeared quite alert and otherwise uninjured. Unfortunately it died the following day. The post mortem revealed a ruptured gall bladder. There is no way we could have detected this. The bird must have taken a ‘clatter’ somewhere. Unfortunately we can’t win them all.
See you next week.
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