Tuesday 21st January 2014
The Eurasian Scops Owl that has been to the vet is making a good recovery. It is using its leg again now, which is good. There is a nice big healing scab where the closed identification ring used to be. I will be consulting with the vet later on today, and hopefully it will be able to go back out again very soon.
We’ve had bit of high drama last week; our breeding male Mottled Owl made a successful bid for freedom last week. He dated above the keeper’s head whilst getting out of the aviary armed with bucket and brush, so there wasn’t a great deal that could have been done to prevent it. We only have safety porches on the small bird aviaries in the Owl Garden. We took last year’s juveniles out, and left his mate; the breeding female in the aviary in a travelling box, with the door open. We left some food on the feed table. We hoped we might be able to attract him back to his home and mate. I’m sorry to say he hasn’t come back. When you are dealing with around 200 owls on a daily basis, the risk of accidental escape is more than just theoretical.
Our Conservation Officer; Millie Clarke has been busy this morning, clearing all of last year’s old growth from round the Wildlife Pond. Her reasoning being, that if spring comes early, the pond area will be well prepared for all the early wildflowers such as Lesser Celandine and Wood Anemone. Let’s hope she’s right!
Speaking of which, Millie has just been asked for advice about the sighting of a nest box for an African Spotted Eagle Owl in somebody’s garden in South Africa!
That’s about all for this week.
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