Tuesday May 22nd 2012
We are coming to the time when the Owl Centre is at its most ‘photogenic’. This year’s owlets are all coming out of the woodwork. The Female Great Grey Owl is currently having difficulty keeping her brood in check. Once they are out of the nest basket, the male will try to take the top of my head off on entering their aviary. I’m going to have to be careful. It’s been confirmed that we now also have Mottled Owlets. I would have been very disappointed if these birds hadn’t bred. I went in to clean them over the weekend and was buzzed by the male. This breeding is a WOT first, and needless to say, we are all chuffed to bits.
I can also confirm that we have at least 3 broods of Long-eared Owlets in the Laybourne, with a possible 4th on the way. I speculated on this last week, but again, owlets have been seen over the weekend.
This is the first day on which I have been able to leave my double thermal fleece in the car. It’s taken long enough, it’s nearly June! Hopefully it will be good weather for the Jubilee Week here at Muncaster.
I got ‘waylaid’ by Peter Frost Pennington this morning. Apparently Muncaster up for a possible award. This was mentioned on BBC Look North this morning. Peter was in the process of being interviewed about it on BBC Radio Cumbria. I was asked to say a bit about the owls, as they are an integral part of ‘the Muncaster Experience’. I don’t know when it will be featured on the radio.
See you next week
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