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Wulf

Saturday 27th November 2010

I am writing the blog in the van again. We are on the A595 on our way out of Carlisle heading towards Cockermouth and Workington. We have been fundraising at the Vue cinema with Sparky and Chocolate. It’s been another success, people didn’t need much persuasion to contribute towards owl conservation. The roads are a different matter altogether though. We’ve had snow overnight. It shouldn’t have come as such a surprise considering the rest of the country has had it for days, but there has been a complete absence of gritting from south of the county to the north. This has made the drive from Muncaster quite ‘interesting’. I say it as though it is the past tense, when in reality we are at present just outside of Carlisle, but we shall see.

On the owl front it has been a funny peculiar week, in that we have the new breeding season’s first owlets already; the Ferruginous Pygmy Owls in the Breeding Ground have owlets. They were heard by one of the keepers earlier this week. I have been giving them a morning feed which is being taken more or less straight away. This is a good sign. One wonders what stimulated this Amazonian rainforest species to breed at this time of year. Was it the increasing cold or decreasing daylight hours? These are factors which normally makes owl species ‘not’ breed, if you see what I mean. Sometimes though, you get a pair of owls that just want to breed no matter what the circumstances, and I believe we have just such a pair in our Ferruginous Pygmy Owls. The one significant factor however, is the fact that we relocated this year’s offspring to other collections, leaving them on their own once more, which obviously is to their liking.

Similarly, we expect the Indian Eagle Owls, again in the Breeding Ground, to have new arrivals very soon. The Breeding Ground appears to be living up to it’s name at last.

See you next week

Wulf
Head Keeper

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