Tuesday 17th June 2014
We’ve been having some problems with our Northern Hawk Owlets this year. So far 3 out of 4 owlets have died. The first one went for a post-mortem, and nothing untoward was revealed in the findings. The bird was in good condition. When the second one died, the subsequent post mortem revealed a gut infection. As a precaution, the two remaining owlets went to the vet, and had a course of antibiotics. However, the third owlet died yesterday afternoon. We are of course looking into the possible causes of these mortalities. We shall see what the findings reveal.
Just this morning I had to do a repair job. The bottom hinge on the door to Mortimer the Buzzard’s aviary had come undone, making the entering and exiting of the aviary extremely tricky. Seeing as I’m the only one at the centre to have a good working relationship with Mortimer, it meant that I should be able to go in the aviary with her, without catching her up. That was the theory at least! Getting in was okay. Mortimer was a little grumpy, as this entrance most definitely fell outside of her normal routine! I started to unload my paraphernalia needed for this particular repair session. I had fetched some WD40 to help loosen the bottom hinge, as this was what had caused the problem in the first place. Mortimer trudged across to aviary to inspect the disturbance. I got hold of the can to spray the hinge, and sprayed the area in question. There was a sudden transformation in Mortimer, as if she had just that second recognised the can to be her mortal enemy. She quite literally launched herself at the can, thereby necessitating the timely withdrawal of said offending item. I had to go back in and tether her to a bow perch while I sorted her door out! It just goes to show, you never know what might happen with wild animals! They can be so unpredictable. Anyway, her hinges have been mended and oiled. While she was tethered outside her aviary, a visitor regarded her rather thoughtfully, and told me that on seeing a wild Buzzard the day before, he was told that he was in fact looking at a ‘wood grouse’. He was smiling, so I presume he was joking.
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