Tuesday 10th September 2013
I had an interesting day on Saturday. The weather was a 'little damp'. It's funny how easy it is to forget how wonderful this summer has been. Personally, I always seem to remember the cold weather, the arctic conditions I encountered last March seem to be permanently seared in my memory, but the pleasant warm weather seems like it was but a dream. Saturday was the first day where I felt cold again. This day also saw conditions return, that were so familiar last year. The bottom path in the Breeding Ground was flooded again; no doubt a sign of things to come. It was in these conditions, in a rain coat that has seen better days, that I endeavoured to do the bottom feed, getting progressively wetter as time went on. Both volunteers that were in that day were safely ensconced in the quarantine unit, giving the place a good clean. As I encountered the flooding on the bottom path, I also became acutely aware that both my wellingtons were leaking! It was with a palpable sense of relief, when I finally found my way back up to the top after the feed, only to find that I had left my keys in a lock back down in the Breeding Ground! It was with a sense of resignation that I squelched back down again. I'm happy to say it wasn't in vain. I managed to find my missing keys, even though I got a thorough drenching.
Earlier that day I had a close encounter with the one species of owl that gets me nervous; the Great Horned Owl. I mentioned in a previous blog that the Great Horned Owl aviary had suffered some damage from a fallen branch. The owls have been re housed in the quarantine unit until repairs have been carried out. As both volunteers were cleaning in there, I thought it prudent to catch both birds up, to avoid the chance of injury. As usual, they met my attempts with unbridled aggression! I did however; manage to put them both in pet carriers while the volunteers safely cleaned out their enclosure. This was an adrenaline surge just before my dowsing in the Breeding Ground.
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