Wednesday August 28th 2012
The opportunity to round off the summer holiday season with a bang, was well and truly scuppered by the weather yesterday. I feel sorry for the many shows which had been laid on all across the county; many of these events were cancelled; the one near us in Bootle among them.
In spite of the inclement weather, some of the owls have decided to have another go at breeding; both pairs of Dark-breasted Barn Owls in the ‘Breeding Ground’ have had another clutch of owlets. Both clutches were laid at around the same time. It makes you wonder what the impetus was for both pairs to have another go.
We were doing a spot of training with our latest recruits to the ‘Meet The Birds’ team last Saturday, when while trying to persuade ‘Fudge’ the Tawny Owl to do a few hops from perch to perch, a Swallow decided to do a ‘suicide attack’, and dive bombed Fudge, bopping him on the head with an audible ‘thud’, causing poor Fudge to fall off his perch, and flying around in a blind panic. Needless to say, his training session came to an abrupt end that day.
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