Tuesday April 10th 2012
Easter has been and gone now. The owls have responded by laying plenty of ‘Easter’ eggs. We have lots of birds down and incubating. This is the time when the New Year seems to hold an infinite promise. A month or so down the line we will know just how much. I have heard owlet noises in both our American Barn Owl aviaries in the Breeding Ground. I mentioned last week that ‘Bert and Betty’, one of our resident pairs of Mackinder’s Eagle Owls have at least one owlet. I heard it again this morning. Every time I get near, WHAM! Betty smacks into the mesh near my head, so, discretion being the better part of valour, I’m not likely to be getting any closer any time soon.
One of our volunteers actually spotted Long-eared Owlets in the Laybourne. We have another two pairs down as well. We also have White Breasted Barn Owlets in the barn end.
We have been manning the gazebo near the pond over the festive weekend, and have been doing a steady trade. The best seller by far was the egg hunt. The gazebo will be a regular feature during this visitor season.
Another new item this week was the arrival of a new PA system for the front lawn. It arrived on Friday. I was in with our volunteer Sophie. We had to suss out how it worked, so I asked Sophie to speak through the microphone while I twiddled with the dials on the back of each speaker, only to be regaled by Macbeth. It turns out that Sophie was a drama student, and knows much of Shakespeare by heart! It actually sounded quite fitting on the front lawn of Muncaster Castle. Maybe we’ll get her back one day to do it properly.
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