Thursday 14th January 2014
One of our long term volunteers; Terry Evison managed to take a photo of one of the latest clutch of juvenile Burrowing Owls, making this certainly the first owlet picture of 2014. He also managed to get some nice pictures of the Ferruginous Pygmy Owl, both photos being ‘larger than life’.
I’m happy to say that ‘Ambrose’ the European Eagle Owl has recovered sufficiently to be able to go back in his aviary. There was much hooting, as he and the female, ‘Big Red’ got re acquainted. His wing appears to be healing nicely, with no signs of the tumour growing back. He is also flying well, which is good news.
We had to take a Eurasian Scops Owl to the vet’s last week; talk about going from one extreme to the other! The Eurasian Scops Owl is one of the smallest species we have here. This species is mostly confined to southern Europe, although its distribution reaches as far north as the Baltic states, although at this latitude it is migratory, and moves south for the winter. This particular bird had a swollen foot, further complicated by the fact that it had a closed identification ring on it, impeding circulation. Our vet, Ian Hunter up at Galemire Veterinary Hospital ably removed it. I’m happy to say there is no lasting damage, and after it has finished its course of antibiotics it will be able to go back out.
I have just been informed that Millie Clarke has just finished her report on her Barn Owl survey for south west Cumbria, and anybody who is interested can read her report by clicking here.
I have had the privilege of accompanying Millie occasionally on her travels.
That’s about it for this week
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