Wednesday August 21st 2012
I’ve been off for a week. I spent a few days in the Yorkshire Dales, my ‘spiritual home’, where I was caught in some very scary flooding. In the end I got off lightly, it ended up costing me a new battery on the car.
Here at the Centre things have moved on. We have come to the time where we can release the wild juvenile Tawny Owl we received in spring. Our Conservation Officer; Millie Clarke came up with a brilliant idea of filling a tin with pebbles, which when shaken will cause a loud rattling noise. We rattle the tin every time we feed the owl, causing the bird to associate the rattling sound with being fed. This is something we should do for future releases, doing it from the start of a bird’s stay with us. Fingers crossed on that one.
Our latest Eagle Owl recruit ‘Dusk’ is coming along well. ‘She’, we think it’s a ‘she’, is flying from post to post, but is still a bit reluctant to fly to the glove, so is still a ‘work in progress’.
It’s scary to think that it will soon be September. I was cleaning the desert aviaries this morning, and the Yellow Balsam which grows profusely in there, was ‘popping’ seeds left right and centre, thereby ensuring the next generation to come.
See you next week
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