Friday 16th December 2011
This week has seen winter arrive at Muncaster. It has been quite mild up to now. We’ve had a lot of rain, but not so far in the record breaking quantities we had in the previous two years. The frost has held off as well. However, this all looks like it might change; today saw some quite persistent snowfall this morning. Muncaster got about an inch. This came initially as sleet, and turned to big fluffy flakes, turning Muncaster into a winter wonderland. It would appear that more snow is forecast for during the night, which will follow a sharp frost. This will make work at the Owl Centre quite ‘interesting’ tomorrow.
We have managed to just about complete the annual winter nest box cleaning programme, in spite of some inclement weather. All that’s required now is the cleaning of the Laybourne aviary and the Red Kites’. In the last few years we have normally suffered from delays due to bad weather, so this weather ‘blip’ isn’t unexpected.
Sparky the Barn Owl has been a bit under the weather recently. He contracted a bit of a lung infection, (a cold to you and me), and had to go to the vet’s. He has been put on antibiotics, and is at present living in the wildlife hospital, although during the day he spends his time with the keepers up at their bothy. He genuinely seems to enjoy this. Sparky is an exceptional individual. He is of course an imprinted bird, and duly regards himself as human as a result, but unlike his other brethren, he really does seem to like human company. Human company seems to ‘perk him up’, which is quite unusual. It’s not something I have come across before. It just goes to show that all of us, (owls included), are individuals.
I’m happy to say that Sparky is well on the way to recovery.
I would like to leave you with some of today’s snow scenes; all photos taken by Vicky Lane.
See you on Christmas Eve.
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