Tuesday 10th June 2014
I’m happy to say the young Kestrel I picked up last week is eating well by itself. Hopefully we’ll be able to avoid imprinting it. We are keeping contact down to a minimum.
We had another casualty last week. This was a recurring problem; the male Magellan Horned Owl had previously been treated for an infected cloaca, (sore bottom!). He went back to the vet, where he was prescribed another course of antibiotics. He is at present in the old quarantine unit, and immediately ‘picked up’ on commencing his treatment, perching on high as opposed to miserably huddling on the ground as he had been. All being well, he’ll make a full recovery.
We’ve finally had confirmation yesterday that we have 2 owlets in the Tengmalm’s Owls in the Breeding ground. The keepers saw one owlet on the ground, and one in the nest box entrance, while cleaning yesterday. This is a bit of a result, as we only managed to breed them for the first time last year, and only a single owlet at that, while this year we have had success with two breeding pairs; 4 owlets in the Main Display, and 2 owlets in the Breeding Ground.
I have been hearing owlet noises coming from the American Barn Owls in breeding Ground as well. I am still waiting to see how things have turned out for the Spectacled Owls down there. They are taking lots of food, over double their normal amount, but so far, nothing to be seen. As far as we’re aware, we have 1 owlet with the Spectacled Owls in the Main display. It would be nice to be able to breed with more than one pair of this species as well. This would be a nice bonus for the final WOT breeding season at Muncaster.
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