Wednesday 29th May 2013
We've had a busy few days. It has been the Muncaster Festival, incorporating the Festival of Fools, since Saturday. This means that we are manning the gazebo on the front lawn on a daily basis for the duration of the festival. Also, Millie Clarke and I are hosting the daily 'Walk On The wild Side', which starts at noon, and which is free to all who might be interested in wild life.
The other significant event was the official completion of the brand new Magellan Horned Owl aviary in the Main Display. Between them, Collection Manager David Armitage, and Chief Executive Steve Richardson have built a magnificent new exhibit, by World Owl Trust standards, which now allows us to put the Magellan Horned Owls on show for the first time. We’ve had them in the collection for a while, but actually housed them in the Breeding Ground, until we obtained permission to build this new aviary, which was funded by the Orient Express.
We've had a few more 'first' sightings of owlets this week. It would seem our second breeding pair of Spectacled Owls in the Breeding Ground has been successful for the first time this year; 1 owlet was seen over the weekend. The same can be said for both pairs of Western Screech Owls. An Owlet in each aviary has been seen over the past few days. A Brown Wood Owlet came out of the nest box for the very first time in the Main Display over the weekend as well. I also have high hopes for both pairs of Ferruginous Pygmy Owls. They are both taking extra food. As the females have been out of sight for a long time, it's not unreasonable to presume they may have owlets. We shall see.
I hadn't seen Rupert the Red Kite for a few days, which begs the question; is he still around? The answer is 'yes he is'. I was walking the dogs on Bootle Fell on my days off, and there he was, flying around, getting grief from the resident pair of Buzzards. Buzzards haven't yet had enough time to learn that Red Kites are no threat to them. In other parts of the UK where both species are numerous, they live peacefully side by side. I suppose it might take a little while yet in this part of the world.
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