Wednesday 13th February 2013
I think today is a bit of a write off. I can’t imagine anybody wanting to have a day out in this kind of weather; snow up and down the coast of Cumbria. Curiously enough, Muncaster appears to have the least amount of snowfall so far, but it is much worse further up the coast in Whitehaven, which is the nearest conurbation to this part of the world. It’s funny, but although the temperature isn’t that low compared with that prolonged cold snap we had a few weeks ago, today appears to really take it out on the hands. I have just fed the Breeding Ground in case I need to be able to get away quick, and it is taking forever to thaw out my digits.
While I was down there, I noticed the juvenile Little Owls we bred last year; they are in a separate aviary now until they are finally placed in other collections, and one of them jumped out from under cover onto a perch nearer the front of the aviary, only to encounter snow fall for possibly the first time in its life, well more like very fine hail. It tried to keep a beady eye on me, only to be constantly interrupted by this pesky precipitation which could be seen to be ‘bouncing off’ its head. Each time a small hailstone hit home, the Little Owl looked up with an expression I can only describe as ‘do you mind?’, before returning its attention back to me.
I mentioned a Tawny Owl we received a few weeks back. I was initially quite worried about its eyesight, as Tawny Owls are prone to suffering from torn retinas after a trauma. I’m happy to say this bird has made a full recovery, and yesterday went back to its place of origin, where it was released back into the wild. It’s always nice when our work results in success. This makes the job worthwhile.
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