November 28th 2009
Hallo there again,
Another week nearer to Yule and it seems winter has finally arrived here at Muncaster; as I came in this morning on the 28th of November, the fells had a generous dusting of snow on them.
The weather has for the time being settled down a little. The wind is no longer strong or gusting as it has been for most of this week, which means we now have this week’s weather window to put on another tin roof in the breeding ground; having conferred with David, we will do it this afternoon.
Animal wise, we haven’t been without problems however, as for some reason Sparky has been finding this last week’s weather rather objectionable, as we came in to find him wet and chilled on the ground in his aviary, having most likely been caught out by a sudden heavy shower. We put him in the hospital to dry out and warm him up. He appeared fine in himself, so we put him back out when the weather settled down again, only to find the same thing happening all over again. For this reason we have put him back in the hospital for further observation. There doesn’t appear to be anything wrong with him as his breathing is normal and his appetite is fine. I was looking at him Yesterday and he was stood on one leg while observing me with with mild interest as I was cleaning round the hospital. He seemed quite at home. The fact that he was standing on one leg showed him to be quite relaxed and also feeling well in himself. This is often a way of assessing an owl’s health and well being from a distance and therefore a useful indicator.
We won't however, be taking ant chances until we are absolutely certain he is okay before we put him back out again.
Cleaning wise, most of the ‘Main Display’, the aviaries in the same section as the ‘Entrance Building’ have now been cleaned ready for the next breeding season. Which brings me to the
subject of C.C.T.V.
I have mentioned previously that I would update you about our new cameras. As any of you who have visited our website will have seen, we now have three nest sites on permanent display on the website; namely the ‘Ashy-faced Owls’, the ‘African Spotted Eagle Owls’ and the ‘Great Grey (Gray) Owls’. In order to supply the website with these pictures, we first of all send them to the ‘Hub’ at Muncaster who then send them on to the BBC who can then handle any potential large volume of viewers. The pictures are what is apparently known as ‘Five Minute Refreshment’, i.e, a new still picture every five minutes, which, depending on your software makes them more accessible to all.
We also have two new cameras installed in both the Burrowing Owl nestbox and the Snowy Owls, paid for with funds raised from the ‘Striding Edge’ walk in 2008. These cameras are connected to the ‘Hub’ at Muncaster but as yet, nowhere else, as this has been delayed by bad health. We hope to have images from these cameras available to you in some shape or form in the near future.
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