Tuesday 13th May 2014
There is lots of promise at present. The Spectacled Owl in the Breeding Ground and Main Display are showing some encouraging signs. Both pairs are taking extra food, and the females are staying out of sight. We’ve bred Spectacled Owls on many occasions, but we’ve never had two pairs breeding at once. We know also know we have at least two Tengmalm’s Owlets in the Main Display, as well as encouraging signs with our other pair in the Breeding Ground. Both pairs of Western Screech Owl appear to have owlets too, but as with the Spectacled Owls, we haven’t as yet seen any. As I was saying; lots of promise!
I mentioned last week that we were going to pull the Chaco Owlets to help them avoid being bitten by Flatflies. I’m happy to say they are now in the wildlife hospital, and doing well. They should be able to go outdoors by the end of summer.
It was a busy day on Saturday. Not only did I have a ‘Half Day with a Keeper’, but the whole nation’s collection of ‘Rally Spec’ mark I &II Ford Escorts descended on Muncaster Castle. The sound of some 200 wide bore exhausts were to be heard ‘rumbling’ round the grounds. There was even the odd Ford Mustang, as well as a lone Vauxhall Chevette. They took hours to actually converge round the castle, and were scheduled to leave at around 2.30pm, just at the time when ‘Meet the Birds’ was to have taken place. With that amount of noise, it was ‘iffy’ to say the least that the birds were going to perform. I was going to do a static display on the front lawn. The Rally were well ensconced eating their scheduled lunch, and started to leave by 1pm. I ‘blinked’, and they had disappeared by 1.30pm! It was like they’d never been there! There wasn’t even a hint of exhaust fumes to remind you of their presence.
This meant that ‘Meet the Birds’ could take place as usual. The birds performed very well.
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