Saturday 26th November 2011
It’s been a busy week. We have finished the annual nest box clean in the Breeding Ground. I just cleaned the Ferruginous Pygmy Owls in BG 04 this morning. We have been using a new disinfectant this year, which is peroxide based, and which is very effective, and once finished, leaves nothing but water. This is very environmentally friendly.
I mentioned a few weeks ago that Mia; our imprint Long-eared Owl had a wound on her abdomen as a result of a burst abscess; both Vicky and I have examined this today, and it appears to be healing, although this is happening more slowly than we would like, so she is going back to the vet on Monday.
We had the yearly challenge of ‘catching up’ the inhabitants of the Laybourne Aviary in the Main Display. This is the big multi species exhibit, and houses Barn Owls; Little Owls; Long-eared Owls; one Short-eared Owl, and one Tawny Owl. This aviary does not lend itself to netting owls easily. This job easily takes up a whole morning. We had to catch up all our young birds to feather sex them as well as micro chip them. Everything went to plan, except that I managed to turn my right ankle, (again), in the process. This was the ankle I injured in February of this year, and I was watched by a rather bemused Michelle while I sat there groaning with pain. On the bright side, the owls all tallied with our livestock reports.
See you next week.
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