Tuesday 26th February 2013
It’s been a nice week weather wise; cold at night, and sunny during the day. Maybe that’s one of the triggers for the owls to start breeding. What’s quite funny is the fact that whatever seems to trigger a certain species, that trigger appears to be quite emphatic. All our Mackinder’s Eagle Owls have gone down on eggs almost within hours of each other. This is quite uncanny as Mackinder’s Eagle Owls are a species whose distribution falls within the tropics, and therefore can’t be classed as ‘long day breeders’ like European species. It would appear that even tropical species can be stimulated by increasing daylight hours.
We’ve come to the end of ‘Half Term Week’, which actually lasted for a fortnight. I managed to recruit this season’s first new members during this period. It would seem, that despite the squeeze on people’s spending power caused by the economic slump, people still care about the environment, which is encouraging.
There was an unfortunate incident that happened last week during ‘Meet the Birds’. A gentleman in the audience tripped and fell, cutting his face on the gravel. I’m happy to say he made a full recovery. I sort of cut short the talk that day, as it seemed a tad insensitive to continue as if nothing had happened. We managed to get two first aiders to help him. We wish him all the best, and hope he remembers his visit to Muncaster for all the right reasons.
I mentioned last week that we received a wild Kestrel that had survived a close encounter with a cat. I’m happy to say that the bird is recovering, and that there hasn’t been any infection in the wounds, probably due to the long acting anti biotic it was given. The bird was moved to our quarantine unit, where we have several indoor enclosures. Unfortunately the bird hasn’t started flying yet. There doesn’t appear to be any apparent reason why not, as ‘he/she’ folds the wing up normally. Maybe this bird needs to ‘remember’ how to fly again. It’s a bit like having a long lasting injury, where limping becomes a habit rather than a necessity. Well, that’s the theory anyway.
As I finish writing this, I will be taking Mortimer the Buzzard out for her first flying session of the year, so fingers crossed.
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