Tuesday 11th March 2014
We’ve finally got some decent weather. We have early Daffodils out in the grounds, as well as wild Primroses. It would seem that spring is knocking at the door. Usually, what follows, ‘naturally’, will be an arctic blast, with about three feet of snow! We shall see.
Maybe the good weather has prompted some of the collection to start breeding. The female Striped Owl has gone ‘out of sight’, which is encouraging.
Last Friday, I was explaining to some visitors about what they might see at the Heron feed, and I pointed out this bird which was perched high up in the branches of a Pine tree. I said;” that’s a Common Buzzard waiting for the feed”, when I did a double take, exclaiming, “That tail looks a bit long”. Only for the bird to fly off, and reveal itself as our resident Red Kite, which was a nice surprise? I haven’t seen him since. I hope he stays around for a while.
Some of you may remember me writing about that ‘A’ frame Barn Owl box I managed to restore for Millie Clarke a little while back. Millie decided to put it up in the ‘Intake’, which is a meadow in the woods within Muncaster’s grounds. It had been earmarked to replace an old ‘A ‘frame box I had erected 12 years ago. I have to say, that I don’t remember the old box being quite so difficult to erect! Maybe the ensuing 12 years haven’t helped me either! Anyway, with Millie’s help, we managed to get it into place. I have attached a few photos of this occasion. Please note that while I am up the ladder, Millie is hauling for all she’s worth on the other end of that blue rope! With a bit of luck, we’ll have some new owl tenants in no time, that is, if the wet winter we’ve just had, hasn’t drowned all the voles!
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