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Saturday January 14th 2012

We’ve finally had some half decent frost in the last couple of days. It might be a pain in some respects, but it definitely serves a purpose in getting rid of some harmful bugs in the soil.

This week has been yet again, quite uneventful. We have been re branching aviaries in the Main Display, ready for the visitor season as well as the breeding season. As I mentioned, we already have eggs with our Main Display Ashy-faced Owls. I have one more trip to make to ‘the Old Wood’, to pick up the last of the perches that were cut from a fallen tree.

David and I managed to re mesh an aviary roof in the Main Display over the last few days. The aviary has been re branched today as well, so all in all a productive couple of days.

Last but not least, a WOT member sent a report in to us a week or so ago about a group, (parliament), of owls sat in a ditch in a low meadow in Gloucestershire. He asked us what kind owls might do this, whilst also mentioning these birds were brown. Millie our new conservation officer wondered species might do this. I also wondered about this. At an educated guess, we thought that these might be Short-eared Owls, as this species is a ground dweller. The WOT member sent us a load of photos, and I’m happy to say our guess was right. Here are a few of the pictures showing these owls flying off.

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Wulf
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Parliament of Short-eared Owls in flight
Parliament of Short-eared Owls in flight Picture courtesy Harold Russell
Parliament of Short-eared Owls in flight
Parliament of Short-eared Owls in flight Picture courtesy Harold Russell
Parliament of Short-eared Owls in flight
Parliament of Short-eared Owls in flight Picture courtesy Harold Russell
Parliament of Short-eared Owls in flight
Parliament of Short-eared Owls in flight Picture courtesy Harold Russell
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