Saturday 15th January 2011
It seems we have been forecast some really heavy rain for today. We have braced ourselves for the weather, but we are still waiting for the blow to fall. It’s not particularly nice out there, but it’s not exactly extreme either.
Our conservation officer Hilary Lange has chosen today to organize a gang of Lake District Volunteers to help her erect a gangway round the inside of the Wildlife Pond perimeter. Fingers crossed she gets it done before the weather gets any worse.
It was a bit like Groundhog Day yesterday, as I was cleaning the Breeding Ground. It seems that ‘Bert’ the male Mackinder’s Eagle Owl has this day as his bath day, as he stood by the water container while I filled it for him. Betty never gets a look in.
This morning was very dark when we started work, as it has been all week due to the cloud cover. It may be because of this that both Vicky and I heard the Ural Owls calling; at least that’s what I think they were doing. I have worked with owls for nearly 15 years, and I have never heard them call. It was like a very small dog barking. It didn’t seem like an alarm call, as the birds weren’t agitated. But it just goes to show that you never stop learning something new.
A knock on the office door just now brought a concerned member of the public into the office wanting to buy chicks to feed her wild Barn Owls, as she was worried about the weather not allowing them to feed properly. I have to say, the rain is getting a little more persistent. We will have to see.
We have another corporate supporter this week. The Strands Hotel from Nether Wasdale www.strandshotel.com they are also a brewery, and if I say so myself, are brewers of some very fine ales, some of the best in the district.
News wise it’s been a slow week, as nothing much is happening. We are however working on future events, such as the Sponsored Walk 2011 in aid of UK Barn Owl conservation. If you wish to contribute to this, you can do so on the link below. You can also leave a personal message if you want. After that, we are planning a music evening on the Bank Holiday Monday, 30th of May 2011. We have two top acts lined up; The Billy Mitchell Band, which to all intents and purposes are various members of Lindisfarne backing up Billy Mitchell who had a 10 year tenure as their front man and who came and did a brilliant gig here at Muncaster last September with Bob Fox. The Support act is The Olly Alcock Band. These guys are big on the northern gig circuit. Olly Alcock is a top flight guitarist with a touch and tone to die for. He shares the limelight with Roz Sluman who plays the saxophone. Their duels are becoming the thing of legend. If you have any queries, please contact us here at the Owl Centre.
See you next week.
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